Thursday, Jul 17, 2003
Front Page |
Southern States |
Other States |
Advts: Classifieds | Employment | Obituary |
The Rs. 25 lakh project, which got the nod of the Project Tiger authorities recently, would use the same Global Positioning System (GPS)-based satellite technique that the United States used to select war targets in Iraq, the Conservator and Field Director of the Sundarban Biosphere Reserve, P. Vyas, told visiting reporters here.
"The idea is to tranquillise and attach radio collars to tigers that stray into human habitation and then track their movements through satellite radio signals.
This would help us make a thorough scientific probe into many behavioural patterns of the big cats," he said.
In the first phase, eight to 10 tigers would be radio-collared and tracked for about a year.
"The scientific data that we are looking at includes defining the home range of the tigers, their straying patterns and frequency of invading human dwellings in the islands,'' Mr. Vyas said.
Based on the movement patterns, tiger scat would also be collected to analyse the food habits of individual tigers and find a thread of commonality within the species, he added.
The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | The Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | Home |
Copyright © 2003, The
Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of
this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of