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Monitoring of tiger and associated species in Nihal-Bhakra corridor of Terai Arc Landscape, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1World Wide Fund for nature-India, 172-B, Lodi Estate, New Delhi-110003, India
  • 2World Wide Fund for nature-India, 172-B, Lodi Estate, New Delhi-110003, India

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 6, Issue (11), Pages 34-45, November,22 (2017)

Abstract

Wildlife corridors are the key to long term conservation of territorial big cats such as tiger. These corridors are known to provide access to the new forest patches to the dispersing tigers where they can establish their territories. Linear development in the absence of any smart green infrastructure increases fragmentation of the wildlife habitat and poses threat to the wild animals including tigers. Present study aimed to monitor tiger and its associated species in a corridor by using 30 pairs of camera traps in a period of 30 days. In total, fifteen mammalian species were recorded in addition to tiger. World’s smallest wild cat i.e. rusty spotted cat was also recorded from the study area which is first capture of the species from this corridor. However, largest terrestrial mammal photo-captured during the study was elephant.

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