Tiger Estimation in Kerala Started

Published on: 17 Dec, 2013
Published under: General Kerala News, Kollam District News

17 December 2013

Kollam

India tiger estimation 2013-2014 by National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) began in Kerala by 2,088 field staff . The Survey is conducted every four years to assess the status of wild tigers, co-predators, prey species, and their habitat.

This time, it comprises three phases. The first phase is the responsibility of the respective State governments. Phase two and three of the estimation will be conducted by the Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India (WII) using remotely sensed data and camera traps.

While during the 2006 and 2010 tiger estimations, the forests of the State were divided into four landscapes for the assessment, this time the State has five landscapes — Wayanad, Parambikulam, Nilambur, Periyar, and Agasthyamala. These landscapes have been further divided into 39 divisions, and the divisions segregated into 696 blocks.

Since the forests of Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu are interlinked, the phase one of the estimation, which involves field data collection, is being carried out simultaneously in the three States.

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