Thursday, October 05, 2006

Tiger monitoring in Rajaji National Park, India

Wednesday 4 October 2006 at 21:55

The Rajaji National Park along with the adjoining Corbett Tiger Reserve forms the north-western limit for the distribution of the tiger in the Indian Subcontinent. Most parts of this landscape are under anthropogenic influence. Following the notification of the earlier sanctuaries (Rajaji, Motichur & Chilla) to a National Park (Rajaji National Park) in 1983, voluntary relocation of human settlements is underway (since 2002). The Chilla Range of Rajaji National Park is presently void of human settlements and is showing very healthy resurgence of vegetation indicating promising signs of recovery with respect to utilization of the area by wildlife. A study carried out across two years (2004-2005 to 2005-2006) aimed at monitoring the tiger population within Chilla range following a human resettlement program. Photographic capture-recapture analysis (450 trap nights each year) was used to estimate the density of tigers, which was found to be low (3.01 tigers 100 km-2 in 2005; 2.54 tigers 100 km-2 in 2006). Download the report: Harihar, A., Pandav, B. & Goyal S. P. 2006. Monitoring tiger and its prey in Chilla Range, Rajaji National Park, Uttaranchal, India [ 31 Mo ]. Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. Research Report No. 06/001. Pp iii+80.

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