Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 11
India’s tiger census of 2018 has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for being the biggest ever camera-trap wildlife survey carried out anyplace on the earth.
According to the survey, the nation was residence to an estimated 2,967 tigers, almost 75 per cent of the worldwide inhabitants. Of all the large cats, 2,461 (round 83 per cent) have been photo-captured.
Better corridors between remoted pockets of tiger territory, lowered poaching, build up prey nos
Terming it a fantastic second for the nation, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for India fulfilling its resolve to double the tiger numbers 4 years earlier than the 2022 goal set at St Petersburg in 2010.
“It is a shining example of ‘atmanirbhar’ (self-reliant) Bharat attained through ‘sankalp se siddhi’ (attainment through resolve),” Javadekar mentioned.
The quotation on the Guinness World Records web site reads: “The survey, conducted in 2018-19, was the most comprehensive to date in terms of both resource and data amassed. Camera traps (outdoor photographic devices fitted with motion sensors that start recording when an animal passes by) were placed in 26,838 locations across 141 different sites and surveyed an effective area of 121,337 sq km (46,848 square miles).”
“In total, the camera traps captured 34,858,623 photographs of wildlife (76,651 of which were tigers and 51,777 were leopards; the remainder were other native fauna). From these photographs, 2,461 individual tigers (excluding cubs) were identified using stripe-pattern-recognition software,” it reads.
The 2018 ‘Status of Tigers in India’ evaluation additionally carried out intensive foot surveys masking 522,996 km of trails and sampled 317,958 habitat plots for vegetation and prey dung.
Apart from setting a brand new world normal, the outcomes validated India’s efforts in tiger conservation. The nation’s tiger inhabitants elevated by roughly one-third, from 2,226 in 2014 to 2,927 in 2018 following efforts that included higher corridors between remoted pockets of tiger territory, lowered poaching and build up prey numbers via habitat restoration.