Indian Postal Department to honour tigress Phalguna

Phalguna migrated from Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve from Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district to forests of Kaghaznagar Forest Division in Kumram Bheem Asifabad district in 2015.

By Author  |  Published: 16th Jul 2018  12:17 amUpdated: 15th Jul 2018  10:56 pm
Phalguna with her cubs in a den in the forests of Kaghaznagar Forest Division in Kumram Bheem Asifabad district.

Adilabad: The Indian Postal Department will release a stamp with the image of Phalguna, a big cat that gave birth to seven cubs in two litters, honouring the carnivore for helping in the growth of tiger population in Telangana. Authorities of Forest Department have sent relevant photos and information to the Postal Department.

Phalguna migrated from Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve from Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district to forests of Kaghaznagar Forest Division in Kumram Bheem Asifabad district in 2015. It had delivered four cubs in its first litter in 2016 and three in another litter in 2018. All the seven survived and settled in the wild of this district and neighbouring Mancherial district.

“In recognition of the big cat’s instrumental role in the rise of population of endangered tigers, Indian Postal Department decided to print stamps carrying portrait of Phalguna. Accordingly, photographs of the tigress were submitted to the Postal Department recently. The stamps will be unveiled soon,” a senior Forest Department official belonging to Kaghaznagar division told Telangana Today.

The inhabitation of Phalguna and its cubs in the forests of this district rekindled hopes of authorities of the Forest Department and wildlife activists who were upset at not finding a tiger in Kawal Tiger Reserve of Jannaram in Mancherial. Tigers of TATR are migrating to the wild of Kumram Bheem Asifabad following abundance of prey base and drinking water sources.