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The Tiger DNA Database, Nepal - Himalayan Footsteps

Scientists from the Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal (CMDN) in Nepal are starting a two-year Tiger Genome Project to set up a DNA database of Tigers in Nepal.

In the past the only methods of recording the tiger population in the area were photographs and footprints. The population in Nepal is estimated to be a bit more than 100 adults. Now scientists want to collect the big cats’ faeces to establish a genetic database to help better study the species.

The faeces contain more information than the previous methods, for example what gender the tigers are, which area they came from and a range of behavioural patterns.

This will be the first systematic collection of genetic information of the species’ entire population in a country. The project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development and part of an effort to double the population of Royal Bengal tigers in Nepal. In the past 100 years the world population of tigers has collapsed by 95 percent.

If you want to see some of the last tigers roaming their habitat, talk to an expert today.