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First phase of National Tiger Census begins in Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal. The first phase of All India Tiger Estimation (AITE) began today in all tiger reserves of the state. For the next seven days in this phase, the direct counting of pug marks of tigers, leopards and other wild animals and herbivorous animals will be conducted. A study of habitat of wild animals, food availability and plants etc. will also be conducted. Volunteers from various states along with forest officers/ employees are also taking part in the counting. The counting will be held in 4 phases from February 5 to March 26.

Volunteers and subject experts of various states including Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh etc. are taking part in the National Tiger Census. Volunteers have been trained before counting. They include women and senior citizens also. The volunteers desirous of taking part in the next phase can get registered on the Forest Department website. The decision to include Volunteers has been taken to ensure participation of general public in wild life management, increase quality of collected figures and bring about transparency.