Sariska, in Rajasthan, has been one of the most famous national parks in India, especially for its tigers. However, it had lost every single one of its tiger population to poachers a decade ago. The revelation sent shock waves throughout India and abroad. After much discussions, apprehensions, arguments, legal battles, and interference from the Prime Minister, a few tigers were shifted from Ranthambhore to Sariska. This was the first such experiment anywhere in the world which turned out to be a grand success. Sariska has now more than a dozen tigers. These interesting and revealing experiments are discussed in this book by the author, the then field director of Sariska. He describes first-hand experiences and challenges faced by him on confrontations with villagers, local politicians, and so on. The book will be a valuable addition to wildlife lovers and administrators, especially of national parks.
Contents: Preface, Foreword , Part-1: Past Glory; Sariska, My Valentine; Sariska Tiger Reserve; Southern Forests and its Archeological and Cultural Heritage; Tiger Hunting ; A Royal Passion; Shikar in Sariska in Earlier Days; Water Management in Sariska; Pressures and Challenges in Sariska. Part 2: Debacle in Sariska; Tragedy in Sariska. Part 3: Rebuilding Sariska; Protection and Habitat; Reintroduction of Tigers into Sariska; The Controversies. Epilogue, Representative, List of Sariska's Flora and Fauna, Bibliography, Acknowledgements, Index.
Sunayan Sharma, formerly a member of the Indian Forest Service, served as Field Director, Sariska Tiger Reserve during 1991-96 and 2008-10. He oversaw the reintroduction of tigers into Sariska after they were decimated by poachers. He also innovated and implemented several protection strategies for the safety of animals in the Tiger Reserve. Sunayan Sharma is now President of Sariska Tiger Foundation.