Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 8:
In a significant development, a mobile application (app) developed by Wildlife Institute of India (WII) to count the number of tigers across the country was launched today.
The app ‘Monitoring System for Tiger Intensive Protection and Ecological Status’ (MSTIPES) will cover 11 tiger reserves across the country to count the numbers and to monitor their movements. The mobile app has been launched exclusively for forest officers.
The officials’ training for operation of the app commenced today at Similipal Tiger Reserve in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha as part of the launching of the app across the country.
Official sources said the app MSTIPES will give the updates about the number of tigers in the forests and their movements after its installation on Android devices. The detailed information about the tigers can be directly uploaded on the website of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and other wildlife websites.
“Through the app we can easily monitor the movements and activities of the tigers in the forests during patrolling”, said Ajit Satpathy, Deputy Director, Similipal Tiger Reserve.