Tiger census to kick start on December 5, tiger population expected to increase
November 29, 2021 04:05 PM NPT
KATHMANDU, Nov 29: Tiger census will be kicking off in Nepal on December 5. The national event to be led by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation will be launched from the Chitwan National Park (CNP).
Five parks across the country currently serve as habitats for this endangered animal. The census will cover Chitwan, Bardiya, Parsa, Shuklaphanta, and Banke National Parks and adjoining forests. According to Chief Conservation Officer at the CNP Hari Bhandra Acharya, this season is considered a good time for tiger census as they are more visible in winter than during other seasons.
For the census, the parks will be divided into five complexes: Chitwan and Parsa (first complex), Banke and Bardiya (second) and Shuklaphanta and nearby Laljhandai area (third).
The census will be supervised by the Minister for Forest and Environment Ram Sahay Prasad Yadav and other senior government officials. Acharya said that they have a target to complete the tiger counting by mid-January, 2022 and capture and recapture model will be employed for conducting the census.
A pair of cameras will be fixed each in a distance of four kilometers for at least for two weeks to track the animal.
The previous 2018 tiger census put the population of adult tigers at 235. The highest number (93) was counted in the CNP followed by 87 in Bardiya, 21 in Banke, 18 in Parsa and 16 in Shuklaphanta. This figure is expected to rise over the course of time.
The 2010 Global Conference participated by 13 countries (where tigers are found) held in St Petersburg, Russia, had pledged to double the population of tigers by 2022 and Nepal also vowed to increase its number from 121 to 250.
Tiger conservationists are hopeful that Nepal would live up to its promise to double the tigers’ population by the given time. Nepal conducts the tiger census every four years.