9 March 2022.
The Manas National Park and Tiger Reserve in Assam have witnessed a sharp rise in the population of rhinos and tigers.
- The authorities of the national park expect the tiger population will rise to more than 60 from 48 as per the 2021 census.
- In 2010, the tiger population of the park was recorded 10 while in 2020 it had increased to 30.
- In 2010, after the first tiger census in Manas National Park was conducted the Tiger Conservation Authority had said during their analysis that the national park’s tiger population will be increased by double in 2020 and it reached 30.
- In the 2021 census, 48 tigers were counted in the park which means the tiger population had increased by 18 within a year. The census for 2022 is ongoing and it will be finished by March and it is being expected that the population will increase to more than 60.
The park’s Rhino population has also increased. Under the Indian Rhino Vision 2020 (IRV 2020), the Assam government decided to reintroduce rhinos in Manas National Park in 2005, and the first rhino was translocated to the park in 2006, from the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) near Kaziranga National Park.
About Manas National Park
- Manas National Park is a national park that has been given the status of UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, an elephant reserve, a Project Tiger reserve, and a biosphere reserve.
- It is located in the Himalayan foothills of Assam and is contiguous with Bhutan’s Royal Manas National Park.
- The park is famous for its endangered and rare endemic wildlife such as the hispid hare, Assam roofed turtle, pygmy hog, and golden langur.
- This national park is also famous for its wild water buffalo population.