Endangered tigers making "remarkable comeback" in 5 countries

by Bryan Brammer · Jul 29th, 2020 3:52 pm
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Last Updated Jul 30th, 2020 at 6:02 pm

Despite a rapid decline in wild tiger populations over the decades, new figures collected by the World Wildlife Fund suggest a "remarkable comeback" in their numbers.

In 2010, there were as few as 3,200 wild tigers around the world. But now, the countries of India, China, Nepal, Russia, and Bhutan, are experiencing a resurgence in their tiger populations.

In India, there are between 2,600 and 3,350 tigers. Nepal has seen its wild tiger population increase from 121 in 2009 to 235 currently.

Similar numbers in Russia, Bhutan, and China indicate that conservation efforts have been successful.

"Tigers can thrive happily given enough space, food, or water. So the progress is a result of tigers and their habitat being better protected," WWF UK regional manager Becci May told BBC Radio. "The reason why numbers have plummeted over the last 100 years or so is because of changes to land use."

May also emphasized that "a real team effort" is needed in order to continue protecting wild tigers and their natural habitats.

"Tiger conservation will not be successful without the support of governments and political will. We need the engagement and support of local communities who are actually living in the areas where the tigers live," May said. "And with a collective effort, we've shown that we can turn the tide for tigers."


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