Tiger population in Sunderbans rises to 96

The newest estimation of tiger numbers in the Indian Sunderbans point out a rise in the population of massive cats. According to the West Bengal Forest Department, the tiger depend for the 12 months 2019-20 rose to 96, from 88 in 2018-19.

The Sunderbans delta, unfold over India and Bangladesh, is the one mangrove forest in the world inhabited by tigers. Giving particulars of the tiger estimation train, West Bengal Forest Minister Rajib Banerjee mentioned that the rise in the quantity by eight was important because it was the largest annual bounce reported from the Sunderbans. Previously, the very best yearly improve of tigers in the Sunderbans had been seven, he added.

“Considering the images of tigers, which we received during the estimation exercise, we can say that the habitat can sustain more number of tigers in future,” Mr. Banerjee mentioned.

The estimation revealed that of the 96 tigers, 23 have been recognized as male and 43 as feminine, whereas the intercourse of 30 massive cats couldn’t be decided. The survey additionally revealed the presence of 11 tiger cubs. The estimation train was carried out in two phases: the primary interval commencing on December 16 and ending on January 13, and the second part beginning on January 22 and ending on February 19.

“For the first period, a total of 1,156 Cuddeback camera traps (578 pairs) were installed in the Sunderban Tiger Reserve and during the second period, 272 camera traps (136 pairs) were installed in the 24 Parganas (South) Division,” the State Forest Department mentioned.

The Sunderban mangrove forest is unfold over 2,585 sq. km and consists of the Sundarban Tiger Reserve and the 24 Parganas (South) Division. While 23 tigers have been discovered in 24 Parganas (South) Division, 73 massive cats tigers have been recorded contained in the 4 divisions of the Sunderban Tiger Reserve.

Estimation of the variety of tigers in the Sunderbans, a world heritage in addition to a Ramsar web site, has all the time been a problem due to the tough terrain that contains dense mangrove forests, with creeks and rivulets, and floods twice a day throughout the excessive tides.

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