Tiger census starts in Banke Park

- Post Report, Banke

Apr 2, 2016-

Wildlife experts started on Friday a count of tigers roaming the Banke National Park with the hope that the number of wild cats has increased in the sanctuary. Last year four female and two male tigers were spotted in the BNP.

Technicians have been setting up cameras in the park to capture tigers. Information Officer at BNP Rabin Chaudhary said 80 camera traps have been installed for the census to last until May 18. Acting Conservation Officer Lalmani Bhandari said the number of tigers might have increased. “As we have built 20 ponds and pasture areas, the number of wild animals including tiger has hopefully increased,” said Bhandari.

The BNP covers 898 sq kilometres in Banke, Dang, Salyan and Bardiya districts. Conservationists say the BNP is a suitable habitat for tiger. It is also home to 32 mammal species, more than 300 kinds of bird, 55 species of fish and 124 vegetation types.

Published: 02-04-2016 09:00

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