Nepal begins Bengal tiger census, India to match
Published on Feb 5, 2013 12:20 PM
KATHMANDU (REUTERS) - Hundreds of wildlife experts carrying sophisticated cameras began combing the forests in Nepal's southern plains on Tuesday in the Himalayan nation's biggest campaign yet to count the number of endangered tigers roaming in its national parks.
The survey is crucial for planning strategy to double the number of Royal Bengal tigers in Nepal by 2022, as pledged by the Nepali government.
Nepal is currently home to 176 of the animals, which are threatened by poaching and habitat loss.
The census will take place in several national parks in southern Nepal - reserves that spread across into neighbouring India, which will be conducting a similar survey on its part of the border.
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