Latest camera trap images from Nepal’s Chitwan National Park indicate that Kamrita – the focus of our tiger adoption scheme – and her daughter could both be pregnant!
Researchers are studying the images and think that both Kamrita and Ranu are showing signs of expecting. If they’re right this will be Ranu’s first ever litter, which is really exciting.
Funds from tiger adoptions have helped provide 16 camera traps across 64 sq km of the park.
Kamrita’s male cubs are over two years old now and left her months ago to establish their own territory in the park. Female tigers give birth around every three years, so now would be around the right time for Kamrita to become a mum again.
Images from the camera traps have also revealed that six new tigers are sharing Kamrita and Ranu’s habitat.
This is a really positive indication that our efforts to protect these and other tigers are working. The only possible downside to this is that Kamrita and her family could eventually have less space to roam, if their territory is invaded by other dominant tigers.
The camera traps are part of an overall monitoring strategy to keep the park safe for tigers. Rangers carry out regular patrols across vast areas, looking for physical traces of the big cats, such as pugmarks and scratches.
They also check for signs of any poaching activity. So far this year no tigers have been poached in Chitwan. But with several recent cases of tiger parts being seized in Nepal, it’s vital that the rangers stay vigilant.
Tiger adopters play a crucial part in supporting this ongoing monitoring. As well as the camera traps, funds raised through adoptions help pay for crucial equipment such as tents, compasses and food for the rangers.
Please adopt a tiger today and help support WWF’s vital work Nepal.