Union Minister for Environment and Forests Prakash Javadekar on April 3, 2016 launched a White Tiger Safari at Mukundpur in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh, situated adjacent to Mukundpur which is spread over 75 hectares. The White Tiger Safari, first of its kind, is spread over an area of 25 hectares and has cost 50 crore rupees. The Mukundpur White Tiger Safari hosts three White Tigers, comprising one male named Raghu and two females named Radha and Vindhya.
The white tiger is a pigmentation variant of Bengal tiger which can be seen in the forests of Assam, Bengal, Bihar etc.
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, Steel and Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Chief Minister Chouhan and MP’s Public Relations and Energy Minister Rajendra Shukla, among others, dedicated it to the public.
The CM inaugurated the safari amid cheers and applause from more than one lakh people.
“The sanctioned amount for establishing the safari was Rs 50 crore and so far estimates suggest that the amount has been utilised. It remains to be seen if there is a need to revise the amount in future,” Shukla said.
With its inauguration, the safari, housing three white tigers, including one male named Raghu and two females, Vindhya and Radha, is now officially open for public.
“As of now, there are three white tigers and two Royal Bengal tigers. The safari will house nine white tigers in the coming months for which talks are being held,” Shukla told PTI.