World’s first “White Tiger Safari” has been opened at Mukundpur in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh. It is situated in a state’s Vindhya region where the feline was first discovered more than 100 years ago.
(White tiger scientific name – Panthera tigris tigris)
- It is located adjacent to the straggled Mukundpur Zoo which is spread over 75 hectares.
- The Safari has been inaugurated by the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
- The Safari is outlaid at a cost Rs 50 crore.
- It is spread over an area of 25 hectares.
Currently, the safari is housing 3 white tigers, including one male named Raghu and two females, Vindhya and Radha and 2 Royal Bengal tigers. In the coming months it will house 9 white tigers.
- With the initiation of this safari, now the government is also planning to establish a breeding centre for the white tigers in nearby Govindgarh.
- The first white tiger was spotted in Madhya Pradesh’s Vindhya region, in which the Satna district falls, in 1915. It died in 1920.
- In 1951, a white tiger cub, named Mohan, was captured. It became the forebear of all known white tigers in the world after the Rewa princely state’s ruler Maharaja Martand Singh arranged its breeding.
Keys Madhya Pradesh:
- Capital – Bhopal, Jabalpur (Judiciary)
- Flower – Lilium candidum
- Governor – Ram Naresh Yadav