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Data Analysis of National Tiger Census Begins

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Kathmandu, March 14, 2018: The data analysis of national tiger census has begun in five national parks of the country as the fieldwork on tiger census officially initiated from Parsa National Park (PNP) on November 30, 2018, has come to an end.

The tiger count was carried out in Chitwan National Park (CNP), Bardiya National Park (BNP), Banke National Park, Shuklaphanta National Park (SNP), Parsa National Park (PNP) and their adjoining forests.

Personnel from Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC), National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), protected areas officials, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Nepal, Nepal Army, District Forest Offices and representatives from the buffer zone committees were assigned for the counting of the tigers.

The possible tiger habitats were divided into three parts; Chitwan-Parsa Complex, Banke-Bardiya Complex and Shukla-Laljhadi-Jogbudha Complex. The parks were divided into 1,887, each with an area of 4 square kilometers where 1,200 high- tech automatic cameras were installed to track tiger movements.

The Banke-Bardiya Complex was originally divided into 685 grids. More cameras were installed by creating 47 new grids in the northern belt of the BNP after tiger movements were reported in the area.

According to the information given by Haribhadra Acharya, PNP Chief Conservation Officer the data analysis of Chitwan-Parsa Complex is taking place in Sauraha, Chitwan, at the moment.

BNP Chief Conservation Officer Ashok Bhandari said they will shortly begin the process of analyzing the data gathered from the Banke-Bardiya Complex.

Laxman Prasad Poudyal, Ecologist at Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation informed that the collected data and footage are being analyzed by the park officials and the results will be sent to the department for the final counting.