Tiger census using camera trapping method under Bengal Tiger Census
and Monitoring project begins in the Sundarbans on Sunday.
Eighty nine infrared cameras will be used to count the total tiger
population in the Bangladesh part of the world’s largest mangrove
forest, which also covers parts of India.
The project is being implemented with financial assistance from the
World Bank. A 2004 survey showed that the total Bengal Tiger
population in Bangladesh part was 440. The UNDP conducted the census
using pugmarks (footprints).
Divisional forest officer (DFO), Khulna M Zahir Uddin said the project
has been undertaken to detect the number of tigers in the Sundarbans
and protect them.
He said the World Bank has allocated Tk 30 lakh for the project for
the current fiscal under the ‘Strengthening Regional Co-operation for
Wildlife Protection Project’.
Each camera will take photos of 300 square kilometers of area. One
camera will be set up at a particular point for 20 days. It will taken
eight months for completing the work, the DFO added.
Sources at the Forest Department said the major threats to the Bengal
Tiger are poaching and habitat loss.
A team of Wildlife Institute of India provided training to forest
staff on setting camera in the forest in April this year. – UNB