About 50 numbers of Royal Bengal Tigers increased in the Sundarbans
By Adnan Mahfuz Tazvir
(class VII – English version, Motijheel Ideal school and college, Dhaka.)
The number of tigers has increased to 164 in the world’s largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans. The forest department claims that the number of tigers has increased by conducting a survey of 1656 square kilometers in 4 steps in 3 blocks.
On 19 March 2020, the department of zoology, Jahangirnagar University, and a non-government organization jointly submitted a report to the Forest Department of Bangladesh.
According to the report, there are currently 63 full grown tigers, 4 tigers are 12 to 14 months aged and 5 tigers are 0 to 12 months aged. There are 2866 footprints of tigers are being found over there, based on which the tiger counted was done.
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Bangladesh has said that a press conference will be held on 7th April 2020 regarding the news of the increase of tigers 114 to 164 in the Sundarbans.
According to the estimates of 2019, there were 114 tigers at the Indian part of Sundarbans. The number of tigers has increased due to the closure of smuggling and free hunting by forest officials.
According to the sources, the survey was conducted by dividing the Sundarbans into 3 parts. The 3 parts are Bagerhat, Khulna, and Satkhira areas. The survey has conducted in these 3 areas because the movement of the tigers is high in these 3 areas.
It is well to know that all the surveys were being conducted in the past based on the footprints of the tigers. And in the last three years, the number of tigers in the Sundarbans has been increased by 28 percent. The survey shows that since 2019, the number of tigers in the entire forest has been risen to at least 50.
On the other hand, the number of tigers in the count of 2015 was 106. In 2016 the number of tigers increased to 114. As a result, according to the survey conducted this year, the number of tigers has increased of 50.