Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tiger Conservation goes hi-tech
Project Tiger was launched by the Government of India in the year 1973 to save the endangered species of tiger in the country. There are about 28 tiger reserves in India. A step forward in this is hi-tech software used to keep track of all large groups of tigers in India. All tiger reserves will be linked through GIS-based software and camera trap techniques. Due to declining number of tigers, the recommendations were made by census authorities WII(Wild Life Institute of India) in the report presented by Project Tiger. According to a leading newspaper, the hi-tech conservation will also involve a program to monitor tiger populations through mark-recapture camera traps. As per a WII scientist, now there will be change in census procedure and it would be more comprehensive now.
This software will enable us to know the behavior, ecology, challenges, life-style, birth, survival rate and shrinking prey base of tigers.