Joint tiger count agreed in Nepal and India

18th Jan 2013

A head count is to be conducted to see just how many Royal Bengal tigers are living in protected areas under Terai Arc Landscape in Nepal and India.

The joint count will see conservation officials from both countries simultaneously cover six protected areas in Nepal and nine in India.

Camera-trapping technology will be used to monitor the movement of the tigers in the areas, with officials using the photographs to identify individual tigers through their skin patterns.

Counting is due to begin in the third week of January after representatives of the two countries agreed to the project at the Sixth International Transboundary Meeting.

Nepal's protected areas - Parsa Wildlife Reserve, Chitwan National Park, Banke National Park, Bardia National Park and Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserves - in central and western Terai share boundaries with India's protected areas such as Valmiki, Sohelwa, Katarniyaghat, Dudhwa and Lagdha Bagdha.

An earlier head count of tigers in the countries found 1,706 in India and 174 in Nepal.

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