Nepal to 'fingerprint' tigers
To pinpoint the exact population of wild Bengal tigers and to combat poaching, Nepal will start "fingerprinting" its big cats from this fall, marking a switchover to hi-tech DNA profiling from the current tiger censuses conducted the old-fashioned way by using cameras and assessing pugmarks.
The two-year Nepal Tiger Genome Project, funded by the US Agency for International Development, will be conducted by Kathmandu-based Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal (CMDN) in collaboration with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation,
According to Dibesh Karmacharya, CMDN international director as well as the project's principal investigator, from September-October, teams will fan out to the four national parks in Parsa, Bardiya, Chitwan and Kailali districts, the habitats of the bulk of
As per the last tiger census, there were 155 tigers in
"The genome data base will be more accurate than pugmark spotting or camera sightings," Karmacharya told TNN. "It will also help identify carcasses found in the border areas."
With wild animals from
This is the first time that
From - http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-07-01/flora-fauna/29725417_1_tiger-population-kailali-big-cats