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Good news for tigers

The Nepalese Government have announced that the number of wild tigers in the country has almost doubled to 235 since 2009.  This increase in tiger numbers means that Nepal is the first 'tiger state' to double its wild tiger population that was agreed by the 'Tiger Nations' at the St. Petersburg Tiger Summitt in 2010.  The tiger census was conducted with camera traps between November 2017 and April 2018.  The previous tiger census in 2013 arrived at a population of 198 big cats. “Every tiger counts, for Nepal and for the world,” said Ghana S Gurung, Country Representative, world Wildlife Fund (WWF-Nepal). “While Nepal is but a few tigers away from our goal to double tiger numbers by 2022, it also underscores the continued need to ensure protection, and improved and contiguous habitats for the long-term survival of the species.”  Nepal was the first country to achieve global standards in managing tiger conservation areas, an accreditation scheme governed by the Conservation Assured Tiger Standards (CA|TS). With four more years to go, the TX2 goal of doubling tiger numbers globally can only be achieved if all the tiger range countries step up and commit to a similar level of excellence.

In May this year, Nepal celebrated a new benchmark with the achievement of 365 days of zero poaching of rhinos on five occasions between 2011 and 2018.  More on this report can be seen by following the link below.