On July 29, Global Tiger Day, Nepal reported that the number of wild tigers there is 40% more than just a year earlier.
In reality, according to findings of the National Tiger and Prey Survey released last week, Nepal’s number of tigers in the wild has nearly tripled.
Due to the preservation of crucial tiger habitats and migration routes, collaboration with local communities, and enforcement of laws against poaching and the illegal trade in animals, there has been a remarkable 190 percent rise since 2009.
In this “Year of the Tiger,” which is the Chinese lunar emblem for 2022, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba revealed the historic increase in his country’s tiger population, which has been recorded at 355 individuals.
The survey required significant work, taking up 18,928 sq km—more than 12 percent of the country—and 16,811 days of field crew time. The findings offer considerable optimism and comfort for Nepal’s tigers’ long-term survival.
At the St. Petersburg International meeting on tiger conservation in 2010, nations set the Tx2 goal—to double the number of wild tigers globally.
In the survey directed by the Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation, WWF-Nepal participated as an implementing partner.
Ghana Gurung, Country Director of WWF-Nepal, said, “This conservation win is a product of political will and coordinated efforts of local people, youth, enforcement authorities, and conservation partners… the result of persistent effort over many years.”
Ginette Hemley, Senior Vice President for Wildlife Conservation for WWF in the US, said, “Nepal’s new tiger population estimate indicates that it is feasible to save species from the verge of extinction and offers us a true reason to celebrate this Global Tiger Day.”
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