1. The tiger population at Assam’s Manas National Park and Tiger Reserve has increased three-fold in the last 10 years for which the park has bagged the first-ever international award for conservation excellence.
2. From 10, the big cat count at the park has increased to 30 in ten years. The primary reason that has been attributed for this achievement is smart patrolling, which includes Android-based monitoring software M-STeIPES.
3. This achievement has been the result of very coherent teamwork by many extremely dedicated forest personnel and sincere efforts of some wildlife NGOs.
4. The number of tigers at the park has increased from 10 in 2010 to 30 in 2020, which includes 26 adults and 4 cubs. Similarly, the population of rhinos, which was zero in 2001-2 during “extremist” movement in Bodoland, has now increased to 44, Sarmah added.
5. Manas provides habitat to 22 of India’s most threatened species of mammals. This includes 1034 elephants, 12 clouded leopards, five black panthers, 400 golden langurs, 502 wild buffalos and 706 Indian bisons.
6. The Manas National Park is situated at Baksa district, about 140 km away from Guwahati.