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Tigers will get unique IDs too

After India`s Citizens, it is the turn of the country`s tiger to get unique identification (UID) numbers.

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) will issue UIDs to about 650 tiger’s a third of the population in the first phase, starting early January.

It believes this will provide assistance in the protection and monitoring of the big cats, which continue to be hunted and displaced.

The UIDs will be based on photographs captured on camera, as each tiger has a unique stripe pattern.

The NTCA has prescribed two photographs, showing both sides of the animal`s body. "A national repository will provide instant sharing of information, the NTCA said in a concept note.

The UID will provide details such as location and other demographics. The authority has also developed a software programme to perform automated matching and assign UIDs, the note said.

                                                                                 Hindustan Times, New Delhi, 23rd December, 2012