E-surveillance to monitor various tiger habitats

India plans to start electronic surveillance of some of the tiger habitats using high definition cameras as the tiger deaths each year are increasing mainly due to poaching and poisoning.

With the E-surveillance the pilot study in the Kalagarh range of the Corbett National Park was quite satisfactory so the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has decided to expand E-surveillance to Assam’s Kaziranga Natonal Park, Madhya Pradesh’s Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary and the Ramnagar division surrounding Corbett.

How will tiger E-surveillance help?

The surveillance involves putting into use high resolution thermal and infrared cameras mounted on towers to capture image of objects weighing more than 20 kg in a range of 3-5 km and generate alerts if the boundary is crossed. It will also keep an eye on unauthorized people entering into the tiger habitat areas and tigers straying into human habitat. It is a fool-proof anti-poaching system that gathers information, does processing, filtering and then sends alerts.