Nepal has 155 adult tigers, 5% of world population

Number of adult tiger has reached 155 in Nepal, an increase of 28% over last year`s population.

Updated: Jul 29, 2010, 17:57 PM IST

Kathmandu: The number of adult tiger has
reached 155 in Nepal`s forests, an increase of 28 per cent
over last year`s population, a top official has said.

The tiger population grew after tiger census was
conducted in the Chure area of Chitawan National Park, which
was skipped during last year`s census, according to
Coordinator of the Tiger census 2010 Bivash Pandav, an Indian
national, who is working under World Wildlife Fund Nepal
office in Kathmandu.

The number of adult tiger has reached 155 in Nepal`s
forests which is an increase of 28 per cent, announced Gopal
Prasad Upadhyaya, director general of Department of National
Park`s and Wildlife Conservation.

Though this not an increase in tiger population in
actual term, but the number has also not declined in the
region, he said. In Chitawan National Park located in central
Nepal alone, 125 tigers were recorded.

Last year only 91 tigers were found when the census
was carried out only in the lowland of the tiger reserve.

The total adult tiger population of 155 (124 to 229)
was arrived at after adding other tiger populations from
Bardia, Shuklaphanta and Parsa reserves.

The census was done through the latest process of
camera trapping which required 3,582 human days and 170
elephant days, according to experts at WWF Nepal.

The monitoring of tiger was done from December 7,
2009 to March 22, 2010. As per the census it is estimated that
the tiger area of Nepal has 6.53 adult tigers in 100 km area,
which is a good population for breeding purposes, say experts.

WWF Nepal has provided Nepal government with USD
51,351 to carry out the tiger census.? This means Nepal is
home to nearly 5 per cent of tiger in the wild worldwide which
is estimated to be 3,200.

There are 13 tiger range countries in the world
including Nepal, India, China and Myanmar. The tiger range
countries have been working together to conserve the
endangered wild animal tiger, to make the number double or
around 7,000 in next Year for Tiger 2022.

Nepal government is also committed to double the
tiger population to 250 by the year 2022, said Minister for
Forest Dipak Bohara. The government is committed to control
poaching, increase tiger habitat and prey animals with a view
to double the tiger population in the next 12 years, he said.

Nepal has significant place in the field of
conservation in the world and we want to maintain that, he
said. As an efforts to intensify the conservation efforts
Nepal government has recently announced Banke National Park
near Bardia National Park in the western Nepal, he said.

The government is also working to establish two new
conservation areas Gaurishanker Conservation Area and Apinapa
Conservation Area, he added.

Nepal has allocated its 24 per cent land area as
protected areas for the conservation of biodiversity.

Today Nepal also observed the first International
Tiger Conservation Day, July 29, by organising a rally in
Kathmandu which was participated in by conservationists,
government officials, school students, journalists.

The rally with the slogan "Let`s conserve jungle
cat", "Stop illegal trade in animal parts" and "Lets cooperate
for conserving tiger" led by Forest Minister Dipak Bohara
started from Nepal Tourism Board and went round the city with
a view to generate awareness about conservation.