As first reported in The Indian Express,an ongoing Wildlife Institute of India (WII) survey has revealed that there are no tigresses left in Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh. The camera trapping survey commissioned by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) also indicated that there are only two male tigers left here. The All India Tiger Census for 2006 had estimated that there were five tigers per 100 sq km,meaning between 16-24 tigers in the park.
WII scientists told this paper that that the tiger population of Panna has been decreasing since 2002,but mismanagement and lack of protection have now rendered the tiger eco-system functionally extinct.
While the study is still in progress and WII is yet to submit its report to the NTCA,senior WII scientists are convinced that they will not find any more tigers in fact,one prominent tiger expert told this paper that there have been no sign of tigers in Panna after January 15.