After tiger numbers came out as absolutely wrong by some countries, Global Tiger Forum (GTF) has assigned Wildlife Institute of India (WII) to prepare a protocol for tiger estimation in nine of the 13 tiger range countries that do not have set mechanism for their estimation.
WII will also conduct the first snow leopard estimation in the Himalayan belt of Uttarakhand, J&K, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Nepal.
Under the Rules, the entire procedure of tiger estimation has to be followed which include
To estimate the population of snow leopards, the areas which have permanent snow will be avoided for installing camera traps, as snow leopard do not survive in high compact snow. Remote secured information through satellite is expected to shed more light on the habitat and life cycle of snow leopard, as not much is known about them.
The camera trap for both the projects will be installed around February and March after the end of winter season. The project is funded by World Bank.
WII scientist YV Jhala said, “Tiger estimation is currently conducted only in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan, while in other south-east Asian countries like Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, it is lacking. Russia has their own set of measures. Indonesia and China also lag behind. This is the reason the number of tigers in these countries keep varying.”
“For instance, in Bangladesh, earlier the tiger population was projected to be 350, which later changed to 106 tigers. In Malaysia too, the tiger count was altered from 550 to 350, which is creating confusion in tiger numbers and affecting efforts in tiger conservation across the world,” he further said.
We have our doubts that anyone with a vested interest in Tigers will ever complete an accurate count.
China of course eats and uses every piece of any animal for their VooDoo traditional medicine. India meanwhile does not want to show how they are doing at pathetic job at protecting their Tigers. In both cases they will up the count to fit their "We are doing a great job" agenda.
India's method of Counting Tigers Is Pretty Shitty