The Tipeshwar tiger ventures near the caves of Ajanta, returns in 8 days

AURANGABAD: A young tiger with necklace from the Tipeshwar shrine lived in the area around the famous world and stayed for about eight days before heading towards the Dnyanganga shrine.

The tiger of collar C1, moved within a radius of two km from the world heritage site in the Fardapur and Soyegaon areas around the caves of Ajanta. The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) sent an alert about its presence to the forestry department of Aurangabad. WII, in collaboration with the forestry department, has undertaken long-term monitoring studies of tigers and in March 2019 had installed radio collars in a couple of them.

Citing the information received from WII, forest department officials said the tiger entered the area sometime after December 15 and stayed until December 25, before beginning his journey to the Dnyanganga sanctuary on December 26 . Deputy forest conservator Satish Wadkar confirmed that the tiger was within two km radius of the Ajanta and Fardapur caves between mid-December and December 25.

Authorities say they kept the news of C1's movements a secret to ensure no panic situation arises since the world heritage monument is visited by many national and foreign tourists every day. They also wanted to ensure the safety of the wild cat.

Forest officials were relieved to see that the three-year-old tiger left the area without accident. “The tiger only hunted wild animals in the patches and did not go to human settlements and farms during their stay here. Any conflict between men and animals on the world heritage site would have attracted negative publicity for the wild cat, which we really don't want, said a forest official.

To make sure it doesn't bother or bother, we had decided to keep the development a secret, said a senior forestry official, who was part of the team that camped in Ajanta at night. As a precaution, forest department teams, armed with weapons loaded with tranquilizers, were deployed in Ajanta and the Fardapur jungle and surrounding areas to respond to any reports of conflict between men and animals.

Forestry authorities said the tiger originally belongs to the Tipeshwar wildlife sanctuary and that since leaving it on June 23, 2019, it has traveled more than 1,700 km.