Author

Carmen George

Date of Award

11-2015

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

M.S.

Keywords

Panthera Tigris, endangered species, GIS, remote sensing, wild tiger habitats

Department

Geography

Abstract

The tiger (Panthera Tigris) has been on the ICUN red list of endangered species since 1972 [1]. In the early 20th century, 100,000 wild tigers roamed Asia and today approximately 3,600 remain. India is home to over half of the remaining wild tigers and continues to struggle in creating effective conservation plans. Poaching, habitat destruction and prey depletion are several primary causes of tiger population degradation and remain major barriers to rejuvenation of healthy populations in the wild [2]. Wildlife corridors are essential to the process of repairing fragmented habitats. Through the use of GIS and remote sensing this research has located a wildlife corridor which has potential to connect several existing wild tiger habitats which would assist in conservation.

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