New Delhi: India’s 2018 tiger census has made a world record of being the largest ever camera trap wildlife survey. The census has entered the Guinness Book of World Record.
The fourth edition of the census, which was carried out between 2018-19, was “the most comprehensive to date, in terms of both resource and data amassed,” mentioned the Guinness Book of World Record on its website.
The latest survey was carried out in three phases, marked by an “unprecedented camera trap usage”.
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar took to Twitter and congratulated NTCA engaged in the counting of tigers.
Since 2006, the government of India has been conducting the census every four years led by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) with cooperation from various state forest departments and conservation NGOs.
In 2018, India had as many as 2,967 tigers in the wild, with more than half of them in Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka, according to that year’s tiger estimation report.
The paired camera traps were placed at 26,760 different locations across 139 study sites, which generated approximately 35 million photos, including 76,523 tiger and 51,337 leopard photos. The data was released by Prime Minister Modi, who announced, to the delight of nature lovers that the population of the tigers had jumped from 2226 in 2014 to 2967.
There was a population increase of nearly 33% since the last census in 2014 when the total estimate was 2,226. Not only has it set a new world standard in tiger census but also the encouraging results have validated India’s efforts in tiger conservation.