NTNC Chairman Released the Recent Tiger Number in Nepal
On the occasion of 4th Global Tiger Day July 29, 2013, Minister of Forests and Soil Conservation and Agricultural Development as well as the Chairman of National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) Honorable Tek Bahadur Thapa Gharti released the results of national tiger and prey-base survey 2013 at NTNC Hall, Khumaltar, Lalitpur.
A total of number of 198 (163- 253) adult breeding tigers including 120 (98-139) in Chitwan, 50 (45-55) in Bardia, 17 (13-21) in Suklaphanta, 7 (4-13) in Parsa and 4 (3-7) in Banke were found in Nepal. The result revealed a 63% increment in the tiger number in Nepal compared to 2009 where there were 121 adult breeding tigers. Tigers were found to be distributed in 12 Terai districts from Rautahat to Kanchanpur except Rupandehi and Palpa districts.
Spotted deer, wild boar, hog deer, sambar, swamp deer, rhesus monkey and langur are the main prey species of tigers in Nepal. The prey density (animals/km2) was found to be highest in Bardia (92.6) followed by Suklaphanta (78.62), Chitwan (73.63), Parsa (25.33) and Banke (10.27).
NTNC chairman and the Honorable Minister emphasized on Nepal’s commitment to double the tiger number by 2022 and urged conservation partners to work together to achieve this common goal. Similarly, Mr. Juddha Bahadur Gurung, Member Secretary of NTNC stated that the control of poaching and illegal trade, scientific management of human tiger conflict and adequate financial resources are crucial to achieve the Nepal’s commitment of doubling the tiger number by 2022.
The survey was carried out jointly by Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC), Department of Forests (DoF), National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) and WWF Nepal from February 05, 2013 to June 04, 2013. NTNC through its field offices, Biodiversity Conservation Center in Chitwan, Bardia Conservation Program and Suklaphanta Conservation Program had a leading role on the field implementation of camera trapping, database management and data analysis.