Tiger census ends in Sunderbans

Last Updated: Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 22:11

Sunderbans: A tiger census in Sunderbans,
the world`s largest mangrove forest, ended today during which
data and scats for DNA samplings of the big cats were
collected for the first time.

"The census (since March 4) went off well. Scat
collection for DNA analysis of tigers in the Sunderbans was
good. Direct sightings were made and data collected," Field
Director of Sunderban Tiger Reserve Subrat Mukherjee told PTI.

Thirty-five teams comprising 250 forest personnel and
representatives of NGOs took part in total ecological
monitoring which include tigers, co-predators, prey, habitat
and human interference, Director of Sunderban Biosphere
Reserve Pradeep Vyas said.

Tiger estimation in the Sundarbans, a UNESCO World
Heritage, has traditionally been done by the pug mark method
in which the fresh left hind imprint is collected from the
field and analysed.

The pug mark method was field friendly, but due to
some drawbacks, Project Tiger developed new methodology.

The last census in the Sunderbans in 2001 had put the
tiger count in the mangrove forest at 274, but since it was
disputed in the ISI software analysis, the 2006 census was
stalled.

-PTI



First Published: Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 22:11

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