Tiger Count Shoots Up in Orang Tiger Reserve, Assam

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Orang Tiger Reserve, Guwahati located in the northern banks of Brahmaputra has always been a flourishing dwell for tigers as well as rhinos. As per the recent estimation exercise carried out between January and March this year, the tiger density in 78.8 square km core area of the reserve is found to be 35.44 per 100 sq km, which is the highest in the country as well as in the world.

Although, these estimates are subjected to go through special software for further evaluation. But even if the current density figure shows some variations, still it will linger close in making Orang the highest tiger density reserve in India.Though, big challenges await Orang to cope up with the growing demands of space and prey by this ferocious breed. There has been reports showing decrease in the population of the bovid mammals. Around 16 cattle were killed last year. To avoid such territorial fights, Orang has to take a remedial action to bring a balance in securing its spill-over population.

In 2013, Orang had an estimated 24 tigers and four cubs. And in 2016, Orang was declared fourth tiger reserve in the state with an area of 492.46 square km, including the 78.8 square km of the Orang National Park as core area of the tiger reserve.

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