According to a census, only about 100 tigers remain in Bangladesh’s famous Sundarbans forest, way fewer number of the endangered animal than the previous census recorded.
A number of 440 tigers were recorded in the last census the previous held in 2004 in the world’s largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans. The forest also happens to be the last of the existing habitats for the striped cats.
However, the experts claim that a better methodology had been applied this time to defy the previously held census with the assistance of clandestine shooting cameras, instead of pugmarks, which presented a more accurate statistic this time.
The government’s wildlife conservator, Tapan Kumar Dey, told that the analysis of camera footage from a year-long survey that lasted in April discovered numbers of the tigers ranging between 83 and 130, settling at an average of 106.
While further informing the press about the survey, Dey said, “So we basically have around 106 tigers, give or take some, in our parts of the Sundarbans. It’s a more precise number.”
The Indian side of the Sundarbans, which is 40% of the entire forest, fosters around 74 tigers.
The Sundarbans forest spreads across an area of approximately 10’000 km and is famed as the home of the Bengal tigers.
Monirul Khan, a zoology professor at Jahangirnagar Univeristy in Bangladesh and also the nation’s foremost tiger expert, confided that the survey proved his worst fears right, “The population of the tiger specie has declined beyond our fears.” his studies showed that the figure was no more than 2oo.
As per the World Wildlife Fund, “The tigers across the planet are in a grave danger of becoming extinct in the wild. Their quantity has declined from 100,000 in 1900 to around 3,200 now.”