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Rare melanistic tiger found dead in Odisha’s Similipal Tiger Reserve

  • Category
    Ecology and Environment
  • Published
    5th May, 2023


A rare melanistic tiger was found dead in Odisha’s Simlipal National Park (STR) in Mayurbhanj district.

About Similipal Tiger Reserve

  • Similipal Tiger Reserve is the only place in the world to house the rare black tigers.
  • STR was declared one of the nine Tiger Reserves of India in 1973, it is the second-largest biosphere reserve in Asia and is listed under the UNESCO network of biosphere reserves. 
  • Tigers:
    • The Similipal reserve had three adult melanistic tigers, according to the 2016 all-India tiger survey. 
    • Similipal tigers are part of a distinct lineage of central Indian tigers that occasionally includes melanistic tigers. These melanistic tigers have no other home in the world.
    • Tigers are pseudo-melanistic, because they have black and yellow stripes on their bodies.

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