Camera Trapping for Tiger Surveys – A Grand Development

A joint effort at tiger surveys by India and Bhutan using the latest camera trapping has revealed 14 tigers, some spotted in both countries. It was conducted in Manas National Park in India and the Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan. Officials from WWF and representatives from NGO Aaranyak and ATREE, who helped with the camera trapping survey, were also present.

This is the first time such an advanced method has been used in Northeast India to spot tigers. Similar exercises were conducted in Kaziranga National Park in Assam and the 1, Namdapha National Park in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh. Earlier, surveyors used pug marks and other methods to carry out tiger surveys.

Aaranyak has successfully installed 100 cameras in the area. The image capturing will continue till March. Snow Leopards were also spotted in the survey. Namdapha was declared a National Park and a tiger reserve in 1983.  Lack of good roads, electricity and manpower hamper conservation in the hills of Arunachal, especially the areas bordering Myanmar and China.

In Kaziranga National Park, the census was started last week and will go on for another month and a half. It will cover all its four forest ranges – Kohora, Bagori, Agoratoli and Burhapahar.

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