Tiger census in Sundarbans to begin in mid-November

Tiger census in Sundarbans to begin in mid-November

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Dhaka – A tiger census using camera trapping method will begin in the Sundarbans in mid-November.
“The census will continue for the next three months installing 300 cameras in the Sundarbans,” divisional forest officer (Sundarbans West Zone) Md Sayeed Ali said Thursday.Two American experts of Washington-based Conservation Biology Institution will monitor the census under the Bengal Tiger Conservation Activity Project, according to forest officials.
Forest conservator Jahir Uddin Ahmed (Sundarbans circle) has been appointed as the project director.
Forest officials claimed that tiger breeding has increased in the world’s largest mangrove forest since tiger cubs are found roaming at Nilkomol, Kachikhali and Satkhira ranges of the forest.
Sundarbans is the lone natural habitat to tigers. But wildlife is currently facing various troubles in the country due to unchecked poaching and destruction of natural forests.
According to the Tiger Census 2015, tiger population declined to only 106 tigers in the Bangladesh part of the Sundarbans in 2015 while it was 440 in 2004.
Forest Department data shows at least 49 tigers were killed in the last 14 years (2001-2014) since the illegal poaching of wildlife and tiger-human conflict is on the rise in the Sundarbans, the country’s only natural tiger habitat with a range of 6,017 square kilometers. Besides, about 232 people were killed in tiger-human conflict during the period. – UNB

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