Bengal Safari Park Welcomes Three New Tiger Cubs

The Bengal Safari Park near Siliguri, nestled in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district, has reason to celebrate as its tiger population continues to thrive. Rika, a five-year-old tigress residing within the enclosure, gave birth to a trio of cubs in the early hours of August 19, 2023, marking a significant addition to the park’s biodiversity.

Officials have confirmed that all three cubs, along with their mother Rika, are in excellent health and are closely monitored through a network of CCTV cameras. The heartening development has stirred excitement among wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Jyoti Priya Mallick, the State Forest Minister, expressed the delight of those who cherish the wilderness, stating, “It is very good news for the wild lovers that Rika, the only tigress in Bengal Safari gave birth to three cubs. All are in good health, we are taking all precautions to take care of her with the assistance of special veterinary doctors, and everything is monitored by cameras. This will help to bring more and more tourists to visit the park.”

Looking to enhance the park’s offerings, Mallick revealed that plans are underway to introduce a “Lion safari” in the near future, expanding the array of attractions for visitors.

Rika, the five-year-old tigress who has now become a proud mother, holds a special place in the park’s history. Named by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Rika is among the three tigresses born at the Bengal Safari Park in 2018.

The Bengal Safari Park, inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, encompasses a sprawling 100 acres. This haven for wildlife enthusiasts currently houses an array of creatures, including tigers, deer, rhinos, elephants, jungle flora, avian species, bears, and various other animals. The park’s growing tiger population, now standing at 13, is a testament to its commitment to conservation efforts and fostering a thriving ecosystem.

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