Deforestation, habitat invasion and poaching have decimated tiger populations across Asia, but Nepal and 12 other countries pledged in 2010 to double their numbers by 2022.
As part of the census, technicians began installing cameras near the Indian border on Sunday. Wildlife experts will identify each animal by its stripes.
Almost 4,000 cameras will be installed in 12,000 square kilometers of protected areas in Chitwan and Parsa districts.
” The survey aims to gain information on the status of tigers, which will help us assess whether our strategies to save the tiger population have worked. “
The tiger conservation plan signed by Nepal in 2010 is supported by several celebrities, including the American star Leonardo DiCaprio.
The global wild Bengal tiger population was 3,890 in 2016 from 3,200 at the start of this decade, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the World Tiger Forum, the first increase in more than a century. .
A survey estimated the number of Bengal tigers at 235 in 2018, double its population nine years earlier.
Nepal has achieved exceptional results in tiger conservation despite a multitude of difficult situations. The figures bear witness to this, the representative of the WWF in Nepal, Ghana S. Gurung.
The census results are expected in July.