The International Tiger Day is celebrated every year to raise awareness about the magnificent but endangered big cat. The Forest Department of West Bengal has published the report of the Tiger Census of 2020-21 in the Sunderbans around the same day.
Sundarbans, the largest mangrove delta of the world is also known as the land of the Bengal Tigers.
According to the data released by the state, 1,307 camera trap units installed across 726 locations spanning the entire Biosphere Reserve recorded 96 tigers including at least 52 females and four cubs, over the age of one year. Despite two cyclones Amphan and Yaas, triggering massive destruction and inundation of low-lying areas, the Tiger count has not gone down.
Experts point out that the study is a proof of the adaptability of the Sunderban Tiger. But, due to the pandemic and destruction caused by natural calamities, more people are turning to the forests for livelihood, increasing the threat of human-wildlife conflict. More sustainable approach is the call of the day for conservation of the endangered species in the Sunderbans.