KOTA, June 17 -- While the Rajasthan wildlife department is waiting for the go-ahead from the National Tiger Reserve Authority (NTCA) nod for relocation of more tigers to the Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve (MHTR) that is now left with a tigress, experts say loneliness will have an adverse impact on the health and fertility of the big cat, MT-4, if its pairing is not done.

Even after spending Rs.30 crore on the fencing of MHTR for tiger safety and creation of the required infrastructure, MHTR is left with only one tigress, forest department officials say. Tigress MT-4 is still present in an inner soft enclosure of 28 hectares, where tigers are kept before their release in wild areas spread over 80 square km at MHTR. Two tigers and two cubs of...