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Increase in the the tiger count in the Sundarbans 

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  • May 13, 2020
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Increase in the the tiger count in the Sundarbans 

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Environment

In News:

  • As per the latest census conducted by the West Bengal Forest Department, the tiger count in the Sundarbans for 2019-20 has increased from 88 to 96.
  • It is the highest annual jump reported from the Sundarbans.
  • Estimation of the number of tigers in the Sunderbans has always been a challenge because of the difficult terrain that comprises dense mangrove forests, with creeks and rivulets, and floods twice a day during the high tides.

Important value additions:

Sundarbans

  • It is a vast mangrove forest ecosystem in the coastal region of Bay of Bengal. 
  • It is spread over India and Bangladesh on the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers.
  • It is the only mangrove forest in the world inhabited by tigers.
  • Indian Sundarbans has been recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. 
  • It also comes under ‘Wetland of International Importance’ under the Ramsar Convention
  • It is home to rare and globally threatened species, such as the Northern River Terrapin, Royal Bengal Tiger, Irrawaddy Dolphin, and the Fishing Cat.

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