December 15, Kathmandu: The tiger census is starting from today in Bardia-Banke National park. Tigers are being counted in Bardiya (Banke Complex) of Bardiya National Park and Banke National Park.
The enumerators will enter the park with a formal program at Thakurdwara, the head office of Bardia National Park. In this complex, tigers will be counted in a 722 grid by dividing it into four blocks.
Earlier, there were 40 tigers in Bardia National Park in 2000, but the number dropped to 18 in 2009. Similarly, the number of tigers reached 50 in 2013 and 87 in 2018.
Under the National Tiger Survey Campaign, tigers are being counted using camera trapping technology in three complexes to find out the number of tigers in parks and surrounding areas across the country.
Under the tiger census that takes place every four years, the census has started from this year, the 5th of December. Initially, the census was started from Chitwan (Parsa Complex).
After that, it will be counted in the Shuklaphanta complex. The government aims to double the number of tigers in Nepal to 250 by 2022.