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Satellite technology used to study tiger behaviour, movement and response to disturbances

The latest tiger census report, released in 2018, put the number of big cats in the country at 235, nearly double the recorded 121 in 2009. The achievement made Nepal the first country on track to meet the international commitment of the 13 tiger range countries to double their tiger populations from the base of 2010, estimated to be between 3,200 and 3,500 worldwide, by 2022.  The impressive growth in population has its downsides. With an ever-growing loss of habitat, the struggle between humans with their infrastructure development and the wild cats has been increasing.  Better understanding of tiger behaviour including its movement is crucial in protecting one of the most endangered species in the world. With this aim, a unique research has begun in the country’s protected areas in the southern plains.