The Forest Department of West Bengal is going to install cameras in the Sundarbans to know the number of tigers. The work of installing cameras in the Sundarbans Tiger Project and 24 Parganas Forest Department areas will start from December 5. It will continue till 15th February.
Forest department workers are being trained in Sajanekhali in the Sundarbans of 24 Parganas on how to install cameras and how to determine the movement of tigers.
Forest workers from the Sundarbans Tiger Project and 24 Parganas Forest Department participated in the three-day training from Tuesday to Thursday. Five experts from Orissa Mangrove Department were also appointed for the workshop.
Work on the first camera trapping will begin in the Sundarbans Tiger Project area. For this, 10 special teams of forest workers are being formed,those who will work to install cameras in the forest. It has been reported that there will be at least 12-15 forest workers in each group.
One by one the place will be marked and two cameras will be installed there. So that when the tiger comes near the camera, its front and back pictures are captured. After a certain period of time, the experts will determine the number of tigers by analyzing the pictures taken by the camera.
According to the West Bengal Forest Department, the Sundarbans Tiger Project will be supported by a non-governmental organization in India called WWF. About 1150 cameras will be installed in the Sundarbans Tiger Project area,for which around 800 places are being identified.
On the other hand, around 300 cameras will be installed in the forest area of 24 Parganas. In all, a total of 1,500 cameras will be installed to determine the number of tigers. This is the first time the mobile app is being used for tiger counting.
Earlier, tigers were counted by footprints, but for several years, camera trapping has been used to estimate the number of tigers in the Sundarbans. .High-resolution night vision cameras with GPS and infrared technology will capture images at any time of the day or night.
According to the latest census in 2016, there are about 96 tigers in the Sundarbans in India.