At least three Royal Bengal tigers were spotted in Arunachal’s Namdapha National Park, through the latest estimation and monitoring exercise using camera trapping method.
Disclosing this, State PCCF (Wildlife), Dr Yogesh said though only three tigers could be spotted, the actual number of tigers in Namdapha could be much more. “There may be more tigers in Namdapha. The recent exercise using the camera trapping method was carried out in an area of only 44 sq km,” Dr Yogesh told The Indian Express from Itanagar on Friday.
The last time a camera trapping exercise was done in Namdapha was in 2011-12, when only one tiger was spotted. “It is a difficult terrain with dense forests. It is not possible to carry out the camera trapping exercise all across the national park,” the PCCF(W) said. All the three tigers whose images were caught in the camera trapping were adults, he added. Images of a number of leopards, clouded leopards, wild dogs and Asiatic golden cats were also caught in the exercise.
Namdapha, whose altitude varies from 200 metres above sea level at the lowest point to 4571 metres at the highest, is located in eastern Arunachal Pradesh, with its eastern boundary almost becoming the international border with China. It is 516 kms from Itanagar and 640 kms from Guwahati.
Located at the junction of the Indian Sub-Continent Biogeography region and the Indo-China Biogeography Region, Namdapha was originally a reserved forest under the Assam Forest Regulation Act of 1891. It was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1972 and later upgraded to a national park in 1983. The same year it was also declared tiger reserve. Home to over 1285 faunal species, Namdapha has 96 mammal species, 453 bird species, 50 reptile, 25 amphibian and 76 fish species among others.