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Nepal nears target of doubling tiger

Kathmandu – (Menaka Chaudhari) Nepal has neared the target of doubling the number of Royal Bengal tigers by 2022. The Bardiya National Park (BNP) has now nearly 100 tigers- increased from 87 recorded in the last tiger census. Nepal has continued efforts to increase the number of tiger with the formulation and implementation of the Tiger Conservation Work Plan.

In line with the work plan, priority has been given to the protection of tiger habitat, its species and source of water. The work plan was formulated also to face the challenge created by growing human-tiger clash and adopt proper adaptation measure. Chief Conservation Officer at BNP, Ananath Baral, informed that activities were being conducted as per the work plan.

Similarly, the number of tigers has reached 21 in Banke National Park, according Chief Conservation Officer. He said, “Currently, Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Bhutan are in a campaign to double the tigers. It is estimated that there are some 4,00o Bengal tigers in the world.” In an international conference held in Russia in 2010, 13 countries, including Nepal, had made commitment to double the tiger by 2022.

As per the resolution, Nepal needs to reach the number of tiger to 250. In 2010, Nepal had 121 tigers, which now has reached 235, Baral added. In addition to the adult tiger, Nepal also has many cubs. In the coming census, the cubs would be enumerated.

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