In Bhopal’s Van Vihar National Park where tiger breeding has not taken place in the last eight years, however, after the arrival of a man-eater tigress from Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve has increased hopes of the Van Vihar management.
Man-eater tigress that has been named Machmachi, had reportedly mauled three people to death in Bandhavgarh. Van Vihar management is making strategies for the breeding of tigress.
Van Vihar director Sameeta Rajora stated that “Machmachi had become a mother once and so is fully capable of becoming giving birth. All the recent breeding attempts in Van Vihar had failed as the big cats involved were old and had crossed their breeding age, while Machmachi is young”.
The Van Vihar currently has a 6-year-old tiger ‘Bandhu’. According to park officials, Bandhu is capable of mating but so far authorities had failed to find a suitable match for him. Besides, Bandhu and Machmachi, the park has 7 tigresses and 2 tigers but all of them are old and have crossed breeding age. Efforts to mate Bandhu with old tigresses were not successful in the past.