Distribution and Dynamics of Tiger and Prey Populations in Maharashtra

Year: 2001-2005

With an impressive prospective tiger habitat that stretches over 6,000-9,000 sq km, Maharashtra is one of the prominent tiger range states in India.

What this particular landscape truly lacked was reliable estimates of tiger populations in the area. Through this project, WCS – India was first to accomplish the abundance estimates of tiger and prey populations using the best population monitoring methods in Tadoba-Andhari, Melghat and Pench Tiger Reserves. Field research activities included camera trap surveys, line transect surveys, carnivore sign encounter surveys and carnivore diet studies at all the project sites. The results from this project have had significant implications for the management and conservation of tiger habitats in Maharashtra.