Weekly Current Affairs

Tigers roar loud in Manas, population up 50% in 3 years [Biodiversity]

  • Tigers have made a roaring comeback in the Manas landscape which straddles both Assam’s Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD) and Bhutan.
  • The second survey to monitor big cats across the Transboundary Manas Conservation Area (TraMCA) , which covers Manas National Park (MNP) on the Indian side and the Royal Manas National Park (RMNP) in Bhutan, has thrown up 21 tigers, a heartwarming increase of 50 per cent over the first survey in 2011- 12.
  • The latest Tiger monitoring, carried out by the MNP, RMNP, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), WWF-India and conservation group Aaaranyak last year, covered an area of 560 sq km across the two protected areas.
  • TraMCA, floated in 2008, is a joint initiative of India and Bhutan for trans-boundary biodiversity conservation.