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Nepal and India to conduct joint tiger census
Oct 3, 2017-
Nepal and India are going to conduct a joint census of tigers in national parks, forests and sanctuaries.
Conservation authorities and experts from the two countries will use a method in which they will install cameras at various locations of known tiger habitats. The tiger census will begin from the second week of November, according to Man Bahadur Khadka, director general of Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation.
Nepal and India have conducted joint tiger census in the past as well, but this is the first time the two countries are employing the same method. With the camera trapping technology, Khadka said they expected to eliminate duplication during the count and determine the exact number of tiger population. Chitwan National Park in Chitwan and Parsa Wildlife Reserve are adjacent to the Balmiki Tiger Reserve in Bihar state of India. Similarly, Nepal’s Bardiya National Park is close to India’s Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary, while the Shuklaphanta National Park borders with India’s Dudhwa Tiger Reserve.
According to the 2013 tiger census, there were 198 Royal Bengal tigers in Nepal, with Chitwan National Park alone sheltering 120 of them.
Published: 03-10-2017 07:57