Spanning 4,000 miles of land between Bangladesh and eastern India, the Sundarban is the worldâ€™s largest mangrove forest and is home to one of the last remaining tiger habitats. However, despite conservation efforts, poaching and development on the perimeter of the forest are rapidly reducing the number of these endangered animals.
In 2004, the number of tigers in the Sundarban forest was recorded at 440; a number that was arrived at using pugmarks, or footprints. However, experts believe the previous surveying techniques were subpar, rendering inflated numbers. According to a yearlong study that concluded in April and relied upon hidden cameras for tracking, the number of big cats is closer to 100.
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