The greatest achievement for Pilibhit Tiger Reserve and Uttar Pradesh Government…!!!
Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR) and Uttar Pradesh Forest Department have bagged the global award TX2, for doubling the number of tigers in a short span of just four years against a target of 10 years. Among other 13 tiger range countries, PTR was the first to receive this prestigious award.
PTR had 25 tigers in 2014 after which due to continuous monitoring and proactive steps taken by wildlife officers, the number of tigers reached up to 65 in 2018. The award was presented virtually to the principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) of the state, Sunil Pandey, by UNDP’s (United Nations Development Program) head of ecosystems and biodiversity, Mindori Paxton.
Mr. Pandey further stated that the target for doubling the tiger population was set in 2010 by the partners of TX2 Award – UNDP, International Union for Conservation of Nature, World Wide Fund for Nature, Global Tiger Forum, Conservation Assured/Tiger Standards, and the Lion’s State. Mr. Naveen Khandelwal, the deputy director of Pilibhit Tiger Reserve, had applied for this award in September this year after the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) released this year’s state-wise figures of the tiger estimation based on the census in 2018 in all tiger reserves across the country.
It is one of the biggest achievements for PTR and UP State as no other tiger reserves among all the 13 tiger range countries could succeed in doubling the tiger population in a span of 10 years. The rapid growth of 40 tigers in a short span of 4 years was set forth as the base for the TX2 award.
Pilibhit Tiger Reserve attains constant use of Monitoring System for Tiger-Intensive Protection and strict action is taken against wildlife criminals, poachers, etc time to time. The big credit of this award goes to the dedicated efforts of forest staff, local stakeholders, and wildlife enthusiasts towards tiger conservation, the official said.
Source:- Pilibhit Tiger Reserve
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