The Forestry Department is making all necessary arrangements for a census of tigers in Nagarahole National Park at Hunsur taluk in Mysuru district and in Bandipur and Biligiri Ranganathaswamy Temple (BRT) tiger reserve areas, from this week.
The tiger census is carried out once every four years.
The census is carried out at Nagarahole from January 23 to February 5. Consequently, the department has canceled the morning safari and boat safari from January 23 to 25 in Kakanakote. There will be no change to the safari timings from 26th to 29th January. There will be no morning game drive from January 30 to February 1.
At Nagarahole, the morning safari is canceled from January 23 to 25. Likewise, it will be canceled from January 27 to February 1, according to a press release from Tiger Project Director Mahesh Kumar.
Tiger census will be conducted from 22nd January in Bandipur and it will start at BRT from 27th January.
About 300 staff from the department will participate in the three-phase tiger census in Bandipur. According to the last census held in 2018, there were 173 tigers in Bandipur. The figure is around 52 to 80 in the BRT range.
Each team will consist of three people. The details will be uploaded to the software developed by the National Tiger Conservation Authority and the Wildlife Preservation Society of India (Dehradun).
No volunteers are allowed to participate in the census this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Only departmental staff will participate, said the director in charge of the Bandipur Tiger Project, V Karikalan.
The beaches are divided into three divisions for census purposes. Six days were allocated for each division. Besides, staff will also observe other wild animals like elephants, deer, gaurs and the situation inside the forest to promote tiger breeding, he said.
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