New tiger reserve

Published: Saturday 15 April 2000

the Union government has declared the Nameri national park in the Sonitpur district of Assam as a tiger reserve. According to S P Bashishth, district forest officer, Nameri will be the third national park, after Manas and Kaziranga, to be declared as a tiger reserve.

Official sources say a survey conducted in 1997 revealed that there were 29 tigers in the park. The Nameri national park is also home to the sambar, barking deer, wild boar and bison. Experts say that the park has a good number of the Indian bison and Himalayan black bears. The same survey also counted 225 elephants.

Forest officials say that they will conduct another survey of tigers in March and are hopeful that they will get a higher count. Tiger population in the other parks have also increased. In the Manas national park there are around 90 tigers, and in Kaziranga, there are around 80 tigers.

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