106 Royal Bengal Tigers now in Sundarbans
04 February 2015, Nirapad News: The national animal of Bangladesh is the Royal Bengal Tiger. But day by day the number of this type of big cat is decreasing. Presently, there are only 106 tigers alive in the Sundarban mangrove forests.
Bangladesh National Forest Divisions chief conservator Yunus Ali has disclosed this data at a press conference arranged at auditorium of a newspaper in city on Wednesday (February 3).
Mohammad Yunus Ali further asserted that Royal Bengal Tiger is nation’s pride. The number of the tigers has decreased worldwide. There are only 3,200 tigers alive in the world. Among them, Bangladesh has 106 tigers.
‘We are working on implementation of Tiger Action Plan. We urge to people please don’t kill tigers as those are the guards of the forest,’ he added.
The chief conservator also said that soon a team from UNESCO will visit Sundarbans to investigate what kind of affect might come over the largest mangrove forest Sundarbans due to the Rampal Thermal Power Plant.
The forest is a UNESCO-declared World Heritage Site.
USAID said that due to the different reasons including deforestation and poaching, the numbers of the tigers have decreased to 106 in the Sundarbans.
National Awareness programs have been taken into action to create awareness about the tigers. A hi-tech “Tiger Caravan” is going to take part in this awareness program in different areas of the country.
Economic Growth Environment and Energy Team leader of USAID Dr Karl Wurster has asserted hope that Bangladesh has better potentiality of sustaining the tigers.
He said, ‘We are working together with Bangladesh to save the tigers. So far, we have been working on the Tiger Conservation Projects. We hope that the objective of Tigers Caravan project will be fulfilled’.
Steps are taken to minimize the tiger-people clashes. Khulna Circle Forest Conservator Zahir Uddin Ahmed has said, ‘These clashes between the men and the beast are nothing new. We are giving compensation aiming to curb these clashes. So far, Tk 50-Lakh has been distributed among the victims of tigers’.
Dhaka University zoology department chairman Professor Dr Anwarul Islam was present in the seminar, among others.