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Number of adult tigers risen to 121 in central Nepal

07-28-2010 14:27 BJT

KATHMANDU, July 28 (Xinhua) -- A recently held tiger count has concluded that the number of adult tigers have risen from 91 in 2008-09 to 121 now in Chitwan district in central Nepal, Republica daily reported on Wednesday.

In addition, it has put the number of sub-adults at approximately 22-23 in the park.

With the new study, the tiger population in Chitwan has now reached 144.

The study was undertaken by a government monitoring team, which has now found 30 more adult tigers during the study period from November 2009 to April 2010. Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation, National Trust for Nature Conservation and Chitwan National Park and World Wildlife Fund-Nepal were involved in the counting process.

The revelation has come at a time when Nepal is considered to be a hub of illegal trade in tiger parts with tiger skins and bones illegally smuggled through Nepal to China where it is used for manufacturing of traditional Chinese medicines.

The government will incorporate the new findings in the country profile to be presented at the Head of States Tiger Summit to be held in St Petersburg, Russia, on Sept. 16-18.

The tiger census is determined, usually, through pug marks and camera trapping. The government is also trying to install the satellite GPS (Global Positioning System) collar trapping, which is a latest tracking technology.

Until now, the total number of breeding adults was considered to be 121 throughout the country. With the new counting, the number has been found to be 121 in Chitwan alone.

"The new count is a great news as we prepare to submit country profile for the upcoming tiger summit in Russia," a source at the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation told the daily, adding, " this is a great leap forward in the area of tiger conservation in Nepal and it will give us significant mileage in international sphere."

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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