Nagarahole National Park: Tiger Census to begin on Sunday

Prime News, Karnataka, Forest, Animal, Mysuru, January 22:- Nagarhole National Park is one of the five Tiger Reserves of Karnataka which includes Bandipur, Bhadra, Nagarahole, Dandeli-Anshi (Kali) and BRT Tiger Reserves. The Tiger Census takes place once every four years in all the 52 tiger reserves of India.
Addressing a press conference on Thursday (January 21), the Deputy Conservator of Forests & Director Nagarahole Tiger Reserve, D Mahesh Kumar, said “As per the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) directives, the 5th Tiger Census in Nagarahole will be held on Sunday (January 23). This census will also include counting of plant species, herbivorous animals, carnivorous birds and vultures including their food habits.”
“This year, the census will be recorded in the M-Stripes Ecological app and due to no volunteers in view of the Covid-19 crisis, 300 forest officers will be taking part in the counting process. We are all geared up and all necessary preparations are done,” he added. 
He further said “In the previous census held in 2018, Karnataka counted 524 tigers. Nagarahole which has 123 tigers for every 100 square km, holds third place in India. We are hopeful that the number of tigers will increase with the constant efforts and hard work of the staff members.” (AM)

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