Camera-trapping Mammals in Pakke Tiger Reserve

by Nandini Velho

Chosen as 'Picture of the Week'

Intensive camera trapping was done for the first time in Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh (as per Phase-IV of NTCA) to monitor tiger populations.

Photographs by Forest Department staff of Pakke Tiger Reserve.

Intensive camera trapping by state forest departments (as per Phase-IV of NTCA) to monitor tiger populations, is now being done on a yearly basis in tiger reserves across India. This was done for the first time in Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh. Here are some stunning images of fabulous mammals captured during this season’s monitoring exercise. This effort has been mainly undertaken by the forest department staff of Pakke (with WWF-India doing a few blocks).

A ‘Best Camera Trap Image Contest’ was organised in Pakke to raise staff morale. The images in the photo feature indicate that the efforts of the staff have paid off! Unhappily, in addition to cameras damaged by elephants, six camera-traps were stolen. As part of the contest, three winners were selected (binoculars and certificates were given) for their camera trap images.

The winning photographs were:

  1. ‘A deadly tiger photograph’ by K. Tayem
  2. ‘Two marbled cats caught on marvellously placed camera traps’ by Raham Langlang
  3. ‘A wild pig in Pakke’s wilderness’ by Marka Tachang (not in photo feature)

About the author

Nandini Velho

Nandini is a postgraduate in wildlife biology and conservation. She is currently a PhD student at James Cook University and research associate at National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS).



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