About Expanding Frontiers
Rajaji Tiger Reserve is spread over an area of 1,075.17sq km which includes a core area of 819.54sq km and a buffer zone of 255.63sq km. The buffer zone of the reserve act as a cushion for the reserve keeping the growing pressure of urbanization of bay. The Rajaji tiger reserve , the 48th tiger reserve of the country, has grown from a sanctuary created in 1948 to a national park in 1983 with an area of 820.4219 sq km, and finally to a tiger reserve in 2015 that covers an area of 1075.17sq km. Apart from the national park which now the core area of the reserve, an additional area of 255.63sq kmof the Bijni Beat of the reserved forest block, Shyampur range of the Haridwar Forest Division, Laldhang and Kotdwar Ranges of the Lansdowne Forest Division have been added to its buffer zone. This has enabled good connectivity between the Rajaji, and Corbett Tiger Reserve, which was being advocated for a long time by conservationists. In the southern periphery of the reserve is the Jhilmill Jheel conservation reserve, the only swamp deer habitat in Uttarakhand. Had it been added in the tiger reserve it could have got a greater level of protection as animals use this area for crossing over to the river Ganga.