The Counting of Tigers Starts at Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve
Beside India, Nepal is also popular for having a significant number of Bengal Tigers in the Asia region. The country shares the common concern with India, which is to protect and conserve the big cats. Nepal has been putting in honest efforts to increase the number of Bengal Tigers, which is evident from the programmes this country has introduced in this regard.
Thursday marked the beginning of the census of Bengal Tigers in the Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve in Nepal. The administration said that they will be using camera trapping technology for a period of about one month for counting tigers.
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Bed Kumar Dhakal, chief conservation officer at the Reserve, said that the counting will be completed in two phases of 15 days each. He also said that keeping aside the usual practice of counting tigers at conserved areas nationawide, this year the counting programme will only be conducted in wildlife reserves and national parks where tigers are less. Dhakal also informed that tiger census will also be carried out in Parsa Wildlife Reserve and Banke National Park.
As per Dhakal, the programme is conducted annually at conserved area with low population of tigers. Last year, 11-17 tigers were spotted during counting sessions. And this number was 27 when the first counting and monitoring programme was conducted around 15 years ago.
National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), Reserve officials and Nepal Army personnel are extending great help in tiger census. Further, proper training classes are being organized for participants for counting tigers.
Hemant Yadav, coordinator of NTNC, Kanchanpur programme said “A team of 22 people will participate in tiger census, and use 46 automated cameras to accomplish the task of counting.”
The number of these big cats is constantly decreasing in all the dwellings of tigers in the world. This prompted Tiger Range Countries (TRC) to start conservation programmes with a sole motive to double their numbers by 2022. A report rolled out by the Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation stated that the number of tigers in the conserved areas of Nepal was just 176 till last year.