BARPETA: During this pandemic and subsequent lockdown, the population of wild animals and birds in the Manas National Park has increased.
The number of Royal Bengal Tigers in the park has increased this year. According to Project Director Amal Sarma, Manas Tiger Project, in the year 2010, the number of Royal Bengal Tigers was 10 and at present, it is 46. Earlier, Manas National Park was considered a 'World Heritage Site in Danger' by UNESCO. Last year (2019-2020), the number of tigers was 30. Again, in the tiger census this year, the camera trapped 46 tigers.
At present, there are 19 female, 16 male, 3 minor and 7 cubs Royal Bengal Tigers in the Manas National Park.
According to the census of 2019-2020, the number of leopards was 28 and the number of black panthers was seven. But this year after the census, Project Director Amal Sarma is hopeful that the number of tigers will increase. This year (2020-2021), the number of swamp deer increased up to 121, and the number of Bengal florican increased to 74, said the Project Director. "It is a matter of pride for all of us," he added.