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Tourism
Chouhan urges Odisha CM to donate a pair of white tiger to Madhya Pradesh
14-09-2013

BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged his Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik to donate a pair of white tiger to Madhya Pradesh. The pair will be housed in a new zoo-cum-rescue centre being developed by Madhya Pradesh government at Mukundpur near Govindgarh with the permission of Central Zoo Authority. Chouhan said that if required, it could be exchanged with a pair of normal coloured (yellow) tigers.

In his letter, Chouhan said that the first male white tiger was captured by the Maharaja of Rewa, Martand Singh in 1953 during hunting from the area, which now forms part of Sanjay Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh. The male white tiger was captured alive, and brought to Govindgarh near Rewa.

It was mated with a normal coloured female. Subsequently, it resulted in the birth of first white tiger cubs in captivity. This effort went on for several years and the white tigers were then sold or donated to various zoos in India and abroad. The white tigers are a major attraction of the zoos all over the world.

Chouhan informed Patnaik that Madhya Pradesh government was setting up a new zoo-cum-rescue centre at Mukundpur near Govindgarh with the permission of Central Zoo Authority. To commence this historic event, the Government of Madhya Pradesh has decided to name the breeding centre after the late Martand Singh, who was instrumental in distributing the white tiger all over the world. It has planned to keep a pair of white tigers in Mukundpur zoo and rescue centre so that visitors can appreciate the past.

The Chief Minister has written in the letter that he has come to know that there are 3 male and 7 female white tigers in Nandan Kanan Zoo which has earned a good name in breeding white tigers. He said that Madhya Pradesh government would be highly grateful if a pair of white tigers from Nandan Kanan Zoo was donated by the Odisha government.