The fourth edition of the All India Tiger Estimation 2018 has created the Guinness World Record for being the world’s largest camera trap wildlife survey. The All India Tiger Estimation is conducted every four years since 2006, by the National Tiger Conservation Authority with technical support from the Wildlife Institute of India.
Important facts of the All India Tiger Estimation 2018:
- These cameras surveyed an effective area of 121,337 square kilometres (46,848 square miles).
- A total of 34,858,623 photographs of wildlife were captured by the 26,838 camera traps installed.
- total photographs 76,651 were tigers and 51,777 were leopards while the remaining were other native fauna.
- The photographs of tigers included 2,461 individual tigers (excluding cubs). As per the survey, India has an estimated 2,967 tigers or 75 per cent of the global tiger population.
- In the fourth cycle of the survey, conducted in 2018-19, Camera traps (outdoor photographic devices fitted with motion sensors that start recording when an animal passes by) were placed in 26,838 locations across 141 different sites.