In Valmiki Nagar Tiger Reserve, there has been an increment in the number of tigers by 23. In the year 2010, there were 8 tigers in the Reserve situated in West Champaran. This number rose to 28 in 2014 and 31 in 2018. Among these 31, about 10 to 12 tigers are very young. Moreover, there are 6 tigers in Sanjay Gandhi Zoological Park of capital city Patna.
These data have been shared by Deputy CM cum Climate Change minister, Shri Sushil Kumar Modi on the occasion of World Tiger Day. He also said that the number of tigers in the country has increased to 2.967. In 2010, according to a declaration by St. Pitsburg, the aim was to double the population of tigers in the world. Interestingly, India has achieved this aim 4 years before the estimated period.
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Valmiki National Park (Tiger Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary )is located at the India-Nepal border in the West Champaran district of Bihar. The park is situated on the bank of river Gandak. The VTR forest area covers 899.38 square kilometres. Valmiki National Park was established in the year 1990. The Valmiki National park is the home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. There is a rich diversity of animals along with tigers in the tiger reserve like leopards, fishing cats, deer, blackbucks, wolves, deer, sloth bears, Nilgai, Cheetal, One-horned Rhinoceros, Indian Bison, hyenas, jungle cats, rhesus monkey etc. Jungle Safaris is the best way to spot several species of wildlife animals in the Park and the experience the real beauty of Nature.
Deputy CM has appealed to citizens to visit the only Tiger Reserve of Bihar in the upcoming season. He said that in 2018, more than 45,400 tourists visited the park. Although the number was limited to 10,407. The department is planning to raise the number of tourist in the Park to 1 lakhs. Also, they are planning to organize jungle safari and zoo safari in Rajgir where tourists can watch tigers along with other animal moving freely in the jungle.
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