By Laxmi Prasad Upadhyaya, Kathmandu, Dec. 2: As per the government's commitment in the international arena, the number of tigers in Nepal is expected to exceed 250 by 2022.
In the tiger census conducted in 2018, there were 235 tigers in Nepal. As the number of tigers in Nepal has come close to its commitment made four years ago, the possibility of Nepal being included in the list of countries to double the number of tigers in 2022 has increased a lot.
According to the Secretary of the Ministry of Forest and Environment Dr Pem Narayan Kandel, the number of tigers is expected to be more than 250 this year as the number of tigers in the Narayani River and Karnali River floods during the pre-census year was significant.
The government has been counting the tigers since December 5 to prove that it has fulfilled its commitment. The Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation under the Ministry of Forest and Environment has started counting tigers in Chitwan, Parsa, Banke, Bardiya and Shuklaphanta National Parks and surrounding forest areas.