Nepal’s tiger population has doubled in a decade
Nepal has made great strides toward saving the tigerow before extinction by nearly doubling the population of big catsoin nearly a decade. This perfectly demonstrates that with political will and innovative approaches, endangered species can be preserved from extinction.
In a comprehensive study conducted by Nepalese naturalistsoIn the period from November 2017 to April 2018., 235 tigers were countedoin Bengal, in a porown comparison with 121 in 2009. The tiger censusow were conducted using photo traps, cameras and other techniques to estimate wild cat populationsow.
– This is the result of concentrated, united effortsoin government, as well as community and other stakeholders, to protect tiger habitat and combat poaching. The challenge now is to continue these effortsow for the long-term survival of the tigerow – said Man Bahadur Khadkam, director of the Park Departmentoin National and Wildlife Conservation in Nepal.
– Nepal has been a leader in the drive to double the number of tigersowithin its own limits and serves as a wzor conservation of the species for all of Asia and the world – said Leonardo DiCaprio, whoohe foundation has funded efforts to protect Nepalese tigersow.
Habitat loss deforestation, development ofoj agriculture and conflicts with local populations have contributed to the decline in tiger numbersothroughout Asia, but poaching and illegal trade remain the biggest threat. The demand for skotiger’s hand, bones and other body parts, is driven by traditional folk medicine, in which theorej they are using.
I am proud of @dicapriofdn’s partnership with @World_Wildlife to support Nepal and local communities in doubling the population of wild tigers. https://t.co/RZzOCue1Dm
— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) September 23, 2018
Naturalists estimate that 3,900 tigers currently live in the wildow – This figure includes all subspecies of. And back in the early 20th century, the tigeroIn the wild, there were about 100,000. Researchers hope that effective control of parkoin the nation and counteracts poaching, thanks to ktohe number of these cats has increasedoin Nepal, will be an example for other nationsow.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, tigers have disappeared from Java, Bali, Southwest and Central Asia and large areas ofoin Southeast and East Asia. Today, tigers inhabit about 7 percent of their former range. Their populations are found in Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Russia, Thailand and potentially in China and Myanmar.
SourceoSource: The Independent, AFP, fot. CC BY-SA 2.5/ Wikimedia Commons/ S. Taheri