This exciting discovery, captured by a trap camera in October, confirms the presence of these apex predators in this secluded Himalayan region. The image, along with recent surveys indicating over 10 tigers in the area, paints a promising picture for tiger conservation in India.
Debal Roy, Chief Wildlife Warden of West Bengal, shared insights into this remarkable find. He believes more than one tiger resides in the area, citing multiple camera trap images and previous surveys. He elaborated on the tigers’ adaptability, mentioning their presence in high-altitude regions like Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.
The terrain of Neora Valley, with its corridor formed by the Mahananda forest range and the Neora Valley, seems to be a suitable habitat for these adaptable cats. They seem to thrive even in the freezing temperatures of the hills.
While concerns about human-animal conflict exist, the sparsely populated area and ongoing sensitization campaigns against poaching and wildlife trafficking offer hope for peaceful coexistence.
This discovery is significant for several reasons:
- Expands the known range of Royal Bengal Tigers: Tigers were not previously known to inhabit such high altitudes in West Bengal.
- Highlights the importance of Neora Valley as a tiger habitat: The park’s unique topography and climatic conditions provide a suitable home for these endangered animals.
- Boosts conservation efforts: The presence of tigers in Neora Valley underscores the need for continued conservation efforts in the region.
Overall, the discovery of a Royal Bengal Tiger at this high altitude is a positive sign for tiger conservation in India. It highlights the importance of protecting diverse habitats and the adaptability of these magnificent creatures. With continued conservation efforts, we can ensure the long-term survival of these iconic animals in India’s wild places.