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Sarojini Bishi

Bhubaneswar: From this year, the state government has started its own Kalarapatria whale census. Kalarapatria tigers are being counted in 51 divisions of the state. 3,312 trap cameras will be used for the count. 5 trap cameras will be installed in every 25 square kilometers in each division. Images of Kalarapatria whales obtained from trap cameras during the previous year’s whale census will be used for identification. However, all Kalarapatria whales will be strictly monitored.

Similarly, the forest department has informed about the start of elephant census from May 22. The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and the Wildlife Institute of India in collaboration with the report of the census of the wild tigers in the country – 2022 was published on February 29. It was shown that the number of Kalarapatria tigers has increased in the country in the last 4 years, while it has decreased in Odisha.

According to the 2018 census, there were 760 tigers in Odisha forest. In 2022, this number has decreased to 568. However, while the number of tigers in the whole country was 12 thousand 852 in 2018, it has increased to 13 thousand 874 in 2022. In other words, 982 cases of cholera have grown in the country in 4 years. According to the report, there are 8820 tigers in Central India, 3596 in Western Ghats, 1109 in Shivalik Range and 349 in North-East.

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