The Umred-Karandla wildlife sanctuary,50 km from here,with 11 adult tigers,leopards and other wildlife species has been thrown open for tourism. Minister of State for Finance and former Rajendra Mulak was chief guest while Umred BJP MLA Sudhir Parve presided over the inauguration programme Saturday.
The 189-sq km sanctuary came into existence last year.
It has seen a rise in wildlife population in the past five years,which is attributed to the spillover tiger population from Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR). The sanctuary dents core-sink theory of tiger existence,where only core tiger population is considered secure while the dispersing population is seen as doomed. The dispersing TATR tigers not only survived but turned Umred-Karandla into a new core.