India, Nepal: Tigers decline in Rajaji NP, but up in Chitwan NP

Dehradun, Oct 12(PTI) — Nearly 12 tigers have gone missing from the Rajaji national park, forest department officials said today.

According to official sources here the latest estimate of the park authorities suggest that there are only 10-12 tigers left in the area, which had a total population of 24 according to the 2005 census.

In 2008 census, the tiger count in Rajaji park mentioned presence of only 10-12 tigers on the basis of modern census using latest techniques like camera traps.

Director Rajaji park SS Raisili said, "The data of 2005 census was based on only pugmark imprints. But the census carried out by Wildlife Institute of India has given the figure of 10-12 tigers based on modern techniques.

Meanwhile, in Nepal the first ever overall nation-wide estimate of the tiger population brought a positive ray of hope among conservationists. The figures, announced by the Nepal Government's Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC), estimates the presence of 121 (Range 100 - 194) breeding tigers in the wild within the four protected areas of Nepal.  The numbers were up in Chitwan NP.

The 2008 nation-wide tiger population was initiated on 15 November 2009 in the Terai Arc Landscape (TAL) of Nepal both inside and outside the protected areas of Nepal. [TAL encompasses the Terai region of Nepal and into tiger range states across the border into India.]

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