Ooty: Training programme for tiger census commences

Data will be compiled by the Wildlife Institute of India

Udhagamandalam: A four-day training programme on ‘Synchronised Tiger Population Estimation’ for forest officials, organized by the Forest Department, got underway at the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) near here on Friday.

Inaugurating the programme, the Chief Conservator of Forests (Wild Life) V.N.Singh adverted to its significance and the important contribution of the MTR.

He pointed out that when such an exercise was organized during 2006, Mudumalai was only a sanctuary and had not been made part of Project Tiger, he said that even then the population of the apex species was quite healthy there.

However after being converted into a tiger reserve, it has become one of the best of its kind thanks to the strengthening of conservation measures.

Density

Stating that the density of the carnivore in the 326-kilometre MTR was about 56, Mr.Singh said that it was one of the highest in the country.

MTR ranked fourth among the tiger reserves and among the newly-formed ones it headed the list.

Pointing out that the Union Government was conducting the survey once in four years, he said that the data will be compiled by the Wildlife Institute of India.

Along with MTR, the survey would be conducted at Kalakad- Mundanthorai and Anamalais in Tamil Nadu during February.

Among those participating were senior officers of the three places.

From THE HINDU

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