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Tiger census launched

Kathmandu, December 9,  2016: The Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) has launched a census of tiger population in two national parks and a wildlife reserve.

The Department is starting the count of tiger population in Bardiya National Park, Banke National Park and Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve as part of its annual programme.

The Department’s Assistant Ecologist Rishi Ranabhat said the annual official count is being carried out in order to check if the tiger population has been declining. He added that the census would help bring out a clear picture of the tigers’ situation.

DNPWC holds the census of tiger population in national parks and wildlife reserves every year and this count is being undertaken under this programme, Ranabhat shared.

The Department will hold official counts of tiger population in other national parks and wildlife reserves soon. The national census held in 2013 had counted the tiger population in Nepal at 198.