India’s tiger census creates Guinness record

The Union environment ministry called it that India’s tiger conservation efforts a “gold standard” for the world. India entered the Guinness Book of World Records for conducting the “largest camera trap survey” for the fourth edition of its tiger census, in 2018-’19.
Camera traps are the outdoor photographic devices fitted with motion sensors that start recording when an animal passes by. The camera traps were placed at 26,838 locations across 141 different sites and surveyed an effective area of 121,337 square kilometres. The camera traps captured 34,858,623 photographs of wildlife.
Out of which 46,651 were tigers and 51,777 were leopards, the remainder were other animals. From those photographs, 2,461 individual tigers (excluding cubs) were identified using stripe –pattern-recognition software.”
Tiger population increased by one-third, in India the results shows.
Tiger Census 2018 3,81,400 sq km of forests surveyed for tiger signs and prey estimation. 5,22,996 km of foot surveys conducted 1,21,337 sq km area covered by camera traps 3,17,958 habitat plots sampled for vegetation and pre dung 26,838 camera trap locations identified and set up across 141 sites 3,48,58,623 wild photographs taken. Of these 76,651 photos are of tigers and 51,777 are of leopards 5,93,882 man-days of efforts to complete the exercise.