Concern for tigers in the smaller protected areas.
A team of researchers have expressed concern for tigers living in the smaller protected areas (PAs) due mainly to unplanned road development. The reseachers emphasised the importance of connectivity between between PAs to preserve tiger genetic diversity and minimise extinction into the next century. The Central Indian Landscape with a forest cover of 34% contains an estimated tiger population of 688. The PAs in the landscape contain many diverse land uses which was recently amplified on the tragic death of Bor's dominant male tiger Bajirao who was killed in a road accident. The researchers found that busy roads and urban areas which are both set to increase in the future are detrimental to tiger conservation and movement and that several individual tiger populations may even go extinct. To read more on this most interesting report please follow the link below.