What is better than spotting one tiger cub in the wild? Spotting a dozen! Forest officials of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve in Uttar Pradesh say that camera trap results show at least a dozen tiger cubs below the age of two in the core area. If this news is confirmed through further field study, it will be a great boost to tiger conservation efforts in India.
The forest department during its routine camera trap study recorded the number of tigers in the reserve from Kishenpur and Bilrayen and Sonaripur ranges. But this time around, they also noted the cubs seen through the camera traps, other than recording the adult tiger population and the sub-adult tiger numbers. (those more than 2.5 years of age)
The observation brought good news when the officers predicted there were between 9 to 11 cubs that were below 2 years of age in these jungles. The number will be confirmed further by next week when the census exercise completes next week and all the numbers are finally recorded and tallied.
“Final figures should be around this number,” said V K Singh deputy director of Dudhwa.
Exercise in Kishenpur is over. In 2011 there were 18 tigers recorded in this part of the range but this year, the numbers could comfortably be around 25 estimate the forest officers.
With rising numbers, the responsibility to protect the precious predators rises too, but the new generation of tigers are a definite sign of a good future.
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