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The population of Royal Bengal Tiger in Bangladesh part of the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest, has sharply declined to 106 from 440 in 2004 according to recently released new Tiger census 2015 of Bangladesh.
The new tiger census project was carried out under ‘Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Wildlife Protection in Asia Project’ with financial support from the World Bank
There are near about 74 tigers on the Indian side of the Sundarbans, the mangrove forest that stretches for nearly 4,000 miles across both countries.
Methodology of the survey : -
The year-long survey was conducted using precise scientific method in which hidden cameras were used. Methodology applied in the new tiger census is better rather than pug marks used in the past.The Bangladesh-India Joint Tiger Census Project conducted the tiger census examining some 1,500 images and footprints of tigers taken from the Sundarbans through camera trapping and found very low count figure of tigers.
cause of decline in tiger population
- Tiger population has declined in the Sundarbans in recent years due to rampant poaching of the big cats and for lack of proper forest management.
- The loss of habitat, unchecked wildlife poaching, animal-human conflict in the forest and lack of management of forest are the main reasons behind the rapid fall in the tiger population
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