India and Nepal conducting first joint tiger count

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For the first time ever, India and Nepal will be conduction a joint tiger census next month in their national parks, forests and protected areas adjoining the two countries using a globally-recognised method, officials said today.

Conservation authorities and experts would install cameras in various locations in tiger habitats as well as in buffer zones to capture and track the movements of the big cat, a senior official said.

The counting of tigers will begin from the second week of November. According to Khadka, this is the first time that both the countries are counting tiger heads using the same method that is recognised globally.

During a meeting recently, Nepalese and Indian conservation officials had decided to use the camera tapping procedure for the joint.

Kadka stated “By using this method we can avoid chances of repeated counting of the same tiger,”

The last tiger count conducted by Nepal in 2013 puts the number of adult tigers around 200 in the Himalayan country.
Recent numbers showed that since 2010, the estimated number of tigers across 13 tiger range countries including India and Nepal stood at 3,900.

At the International Tiger Conference in Russia in 2010, participating countries including Nepal had made a commitment to double the tiger population by 2022.

This means Nepal would have at least 250 tigers, 100 per cent increase from its 2010 tiger count which had put the number of the big cat at 125.

The 13 tiger range countries include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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