|Now, tigers to be assigned UIDs
THE TIMES OF INDIA
Dec 4, 2012
KOLKATA: Getting a UID is no longer just a unique human right. Tigers can have it too.
National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) issued a guideline on
Monday, proposing to assign a unique identification (UID) number to
each tiger captured through camera traps. The NTCA wants to create a
national repository of camera-trap photographs of tigers, and the UIDs
will help cut out duplication and give the big cats an exact headcount.
Tigers in the Sunderbans, for instance, will have the prefix 'Su'
before a number while those in the northeast hills will have 'NE'.
Tigers are identified on the basis of stripe patterns obtained through
the camera trap images.
The Ranthambore tigers are likely to be the first to get UIDs, officials said.
deputy inspector general S P Yadav said the aim was to identify all
tigers across India. "Each tiger will have its own UID number. Once the
tiger dies, the UID will be closed. Even if the tiger crosses over to
another state or country through a contiguous border, like what the
Indian Sunderbans shares with Bangladesh, the tiger can be recognized
through the UID," Yadav said.
Tiger reserves will prepare
detailed camera trap records. "The entire exercise will take place
under the leadership of the chief wildlife wardens. Apart from
photographs of tigers, the data will have details lik, trap location,
date, time, beats and ranges where the tiger was photo captured, the
camera ID and memory ID," the NTCA guidelines say.