Uttarakhand to open India’s first Tiger protect cell

In a hope to preserve the largest cat species

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August 17, 2016

/ By / New Delhi



To reduce poaching, the tiger unit will have a national tiger photo database that will help to footmark all wildlife crimes in the country

To reduce poaching, the tiger unit will have a national tiger photo database that will help to footmark all wildlife crimes in the country

Great deal of tigers have been killed in India in the recent past and to protect the endangered species, the country will soon be up with its first tiger cell in Dehradun (Northern India).

Though India witnessed an increase of 500 tigers in April this year, things seem to be a little upside-down with the death of about 74 tigers in the country between January 1 and June 26, 2016.

Among the 74 tigers, 14 were electrocuted, poisoned or killed by poachers. To add to the plight, police and wildlife authorities also found skins, bones, claws, skeletons, canines and paws of other 16 tigers during this period.

Another Royal Bengal tiger couldn’t manage to save his life in Kaziranga National Park in Assam on August 2, 2016 after he lost a fight against buffaloes.

Witnessing the seriousness of the problem, to increase quality of habitat and tackle illegal poaching, the country will soon provide a new home to the vertical stripped animals. National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and Wildlife Institute of India (WII) are all set to establish the first ever tiger cell in WII campus in Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand (Northern India).

As a conservation effort, the unit will store a record of tigers that will include their Deoxyribo Nucleic Acid (DNA) and stripes from more than 50 tiger reserves. The cell will keep a track of the tiger population as well as poaching incidents crosswise the nation.

To reduce and ultimately eliminate poaching, the tiger unit will also have a national tiger photo database which will help to footmark all wildlife crimes.

Couple of months ago, WII successfully matched four of the five tiger skins found from a poacher, with the images of the tigers once captured in Corbett Tiger Reserve in Nainital, Uttarakhand. The institute had been working at creating a stripes storehouse of tigers from India, Nepal and Bangladesh and also created a database of DNA samples that can help in identifying the region where a tiger is located.

However, the effectiveness of the cell and its new technological operations are yet to bear fruits.

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