GUWAHATI: Assam’s Manas National Park jointly received the Tx2 Tiger Conservation Excellence Award with Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan for their contribution in increasing the tiger population.
TX2 stands for “Tigers times two”, signaling the goal to double the population of wild tigers by 2022. The recognition was for the transboundary Manas Conservation Area or TraMCA comprising the 500 sq. km. Manas National Park in Assam and the 1,057-sq. km. Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan.
While the tiger population increase in the Indian Manas was 25 in 2018 from nine in 2010, Bhutan Manas increased the tiger population from 12 in 2008 to 26 in 2018.
India and Bhutan are among 13 countries working towards TX2, a goal that the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) had set through the Global Tiger Initiative, Global Tiger Forum and other critical platforms. As per a WWF statement, the award was given to TraMCA for efforts to increase the tiger population.