Tiger census commences at Shuklaphanta National Park

KANCHANPUR: Counting of Royal Bengal tiger has started at Shuklaphanta National Park in Kanchanpur district from Sunday.

The tiger census is being carried out by making use of the camera trapping method and with the cooperation of the Park office, the District Forest Office and other supporting organisations.

A team of 90 persons including the technical staff have been mobilised for the census, said assistant conservation officer at the Park, Gopal Bahadur Ghimire.

"As many as 260 camera traps have been installed; the number of tigers would be monitored at four places in the Park, at four other places in the national forests under the District Forest Office, and at three places in the Chure region in Jogbudha area, Dadeldhura," he added.

According to him, the census would be conducted for around 20 days. It is for the first time that the tiger census is being conducted at Jogbudha of Dadeldhura.

As many as seventeen tigers were found to be inhabiting the Park in the census taken last year.