Sunderbans- Royal Bengal Tiger Count Increases From 88 To 96
- According to the latest census conducted by the West Bengal’s forest department, the number of tigers in the Sundarbans reserve forest in West Bengal has increased to 96.
- Of the 96 tigers, there are 23 males, 43 females and 30 cubs.
- The census was conducted between November 2019 and January 2020.
- The total area of the forest is around 3700 sq km.
- There are two tiger zones in the area.
- One is Sundarban Tiger reserve which is about 2,585 sq km and the other one is 1,111 sq. km.
HOW WAS CENSUS CONDUCTED
- It was done primarily by camera trapping technique along with other latest methods.
- About 200 trap cameras were set up in different parts of the forest for about two months.
- The counting exercise involved comparison of the images of tigers based on their stripes as the big cats are identified through their stripe patterns only.
- This counting was done in a lab in Dehradun.
ABOUT ROYAL BENGAL TIGER
- Native to the Indian subcontinent.
- National animal of India and Bangladesh.
- Under International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Royal Bengal Tigers are listed as Endangered Species.
ABOUT SUNDERBANS TIGER RESERVE
- National park, tiger reserve, and biosphere reserve in West Bengal, India.
- Part of the Sundarbans on the Ganges Delta.
- UNESCO World Heritage Siteinscribed in 1987,
- Ramsar site (Wetland of international importance) in 2019.
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