Nepal will start a Bengal tiger census on Sunday to see how many big cats are now living in the wild. This was reported by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC).
Nepal is among the few countries where tiger numbers have grown in recent years, thanks in large part to improved anti-poaching measures and community involvement.
DNPWC spokesperson Bid Kumar Dhakal said the nationwide census is expected to take around three months. “The counting will be done in stages using camera traps. We hope to complete the counting process in the next three months and then we will analyze the images after that,” she added.
The DNPWC plans to announce the results on International Tiger Day, July 29, 2022.
In the first phase of the census, the government deployed more than 100 technicians to monitor the tiger’s activities. Dozens of forest rangers, veterinarians and security personnel are also participating.
The results of the 2018 census showed that the number of tigers in Nepal increased from 121 in 2009 to 235.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, there are about 3,900 tigers left in the wild worldwide.
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