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India, neighbours agree to conduct joint tiger census

India, neighbours agree to conduct joint tiger census

New Delhi: Starting a new chapter in tiger conservation efforts, India and its neighbours Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh have decided to conduct a joint census of their tiger population.

The countries agreed to the move at a meeting last week of officials of the four nations and members of the Global Tiger Forum, an international body that works for tiger conservation across the globe.

“All neighbouring countries Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and India will follow the same protocol using camera traps which will result in much precise and accurate estimates of tiger numbers.

A decade back, pressure on their habitat and poaching had seen tiger numbers hit a low of 1,411 (in 2006).

It is already a leader in tiger conservation efforts among the 13 tiger range countries.

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