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Nepal government's new target: Tigers

Khalid Umar Malik
30 Nov 2021, 15 GMT+10

KATHMANDU, Nepal - In Nepal, the tiger census will begin on December 5. The Chitwan National Park will host the national event, led by the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (CNP).

This endangered mammal is currently found in five parks across the country. Banke, Bardiya, Chitwan, Shuklaphanta, Parsa National Parks, and adjacent forests will be included in the census. This season is considered an excellent period for tiger census, according to CNP Chief Conservation Officer Hari Bhandra Acharya, because tigers are more visible in winter than in other seasons.

Minister for Forest and Environment Ram Sahay Prasad Yadav and other key government officials would be present to witness the occasion. According to Acharya, the tiger counting will be completed by mid-January 2022, and a capture and recapture model will be used for this exercise.

A pair of cameras will be placed four kilometers apart for at least two weeks to track the animal.

Adult tigers were counted as 235 in the previous tiger census in 2018. This number is anticipated to increase.

At the 2010 Global Conference in St Petersburg, Russia, 13 countries, including Nepal (where tigers are found), pledged to double the population of tigers by 2022.

Tiger conservationists are optimistic that Nepal will keep its promise to increase the number of tigers by the deadline.

Every four years, Nepal undertakes a tiger census.

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