The tiger census carried out jointly by Bangladesh and India shows that 419 Royal Bengal Tigers remain in our portion of the Sundarbans. (Sixty percent of this mangrove forest lies in India, the rest in Bangladesh). Pugmarks of 21 cubs were also found. 274 tigers were counted in the Indian part of the Sundarbans. The findings were revealed this Saturday.
This is the first time ever that pugmarks and proper scientific methods were used for tiger count in Bangladesh. The population has certainly increased from the number 362 that was estimated during the previous census in 1993.
The Bengal Tiger is our national animal, yet poaching and habitat loss continues to threaten the survival of these magnificent creatures. Hopefully more efforts would be given to protect them.
Chittagong Zoo now has four new members! 3 cubs and a fawn! The newborns are gathering huge crowds. The tigress 'Purnima' gave birth to the cubs last wednessday. The Sambar deer was born on Monday. The mother and babies are perfectly healthy.