Wild Tiger Population Rising For The First Time In A Century

Posted: Apr 10 2016, 9:28pm CDT | by , Updated: Apr 11 2016, 9:27pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Wild Tiger Population Rising for the First Time in a Century
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The world's count of wild tigers has gone up to 3,890 compared to 3,200 in 2010.

Wild tiger population has increased for the first in almost a century thanks to coordinated conservation efforts driven mainly by India, Russia and Bhutan.

A new study estimates that the numbers of wild tigers roaming in the forests across Asia has gone up from 3,200 in 2010 to 3,890 present-day. The study is based on the data collected by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and latest surveys conducted in 13 countries that harbor tiger populations. 

“For the first time after decades of constant decline, tiger numbers are on the rise. This offers us great hope and shows that we can save species and their habitats when government, local communities and conservationists work together.” Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International said in a statement

The iconic wild tiger is deemed a highly endangered species due to dramatic decline in their population in recent years and the reasons of the decline are not just one or two but diverse from poaching to retaliatory killing to widespread habitat loss. Increase in the population of wild tiger is an encouraging sign but there is still a long way to go before achieving the target of more than 6,000 tigers by 2022. 

“A strong action plan for the next six years is vital,” said Michael Baltzer, who is the leader of the initiative to double tiger numbers by 2022 called Tx2. “The global decline has been halted but there is still no safe place for tigers. Southeast Asia, in particular, is at imminent risk of losing its tigers if these governments do not take action immediately.”

India has the majority of global wild tigers, with an estimated population of 2,226, followed by Russia (433), Indonesia (371) and Malaysia (250). Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Thailand also account for a larger population. However, the new report estimates only seven wild tigers in China, five in Vietnam, two in Laos and probably not a single one is left in Cambodia. 

India and Nepal have shown considerable success in increasing the population of wild tigers but other countries like Malaysia and Indonesia are struggling badly to conserve big cat and much work still needs to be done in these and many other Southeast Asian countries. Nevertheless, the new study demonstrates a great hope for the survival of iconic animal that was once on the brink of extinction.

Another study, published earlier this month, suggested that there is still enough wild habitat left that can double the population of wild tigers in next six year but only if those areas are kept protected.

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