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Chitwan National Park: Bengal tiger - WWF Tiger Survey 2009

July 2010

A new survey released on 29 July 2010 indicates that adult tiger numbers in Chitwan National Park and its border areas in Nepal now stand at 125. A previous survey conducted in a smaller area of the Park in early 2009 found 91 tigers.

The survey was conducted from December 2009 to March 2010 in previously unexplored habitats in and around the Park. It was designed to assess the status of possibly dispersing tigers in less suitable habitats of the Churia Hills region of the Park, and was based on results from the earlier survey which showed relatively higher tiger numbers in prime habitats.

Located in south central Nepal, Chitwan was declared Nepal's first national park in 1973, in recognition of the international significance of its unique ecosystems. UNESCO declared the Park a World Heritage Site in 1984, and the area is home to more than 50 different grasses.

In addition to the tiger, the Park has populations of other endangered species, such as the one-horned rhinoceros and the Gaur, the world’s largest species of wild cattle.

Source: WWF Nepal 2010
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