Nepal Doubles Its Tiger Population In Nine Years To Protect Endangered Big Cats

Nepal has come along leaps and bounds with regards to saving tigers from extinction after the country nearly doubled its population of the species in the space of nine years.

Wildlife groups have welcomed the news as a sign that political involvement and innovative approaches can effectively reverse the decline of the big cats and it's music to everyone's ears.

According to MailOnline, a survey that was carried out earlier this year counted 235 tigers in Nepal - up from around 121 in 2009.

At the St Petersburg tiger summit in 2010, representatives from the 13 countries that are home to the animal pledged to double the world's tiger population by 2022.

Conservationists and wildlife experts used more than 4,000 cameras, as well as around 600 elephants to travel across the 1,700-mile (2,700-kilometre) route in Nepal's southern planes where the animals can be located.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Dr Ghana Gurung, WWF-Nepal's country representative, said: "Every tiger counts, for Nepal and for the world.

"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."

The Independent reported how actor Leonardo DiCaprio, whose foundation has funded tiger conservation in Nepal's Bardia National Park and who serves on the WWF-US board, has been singing Nepal's praises.

Leonardo DiCaprio. Credit: PA
Leonardo DiCaprio. Credit: PA

DiCaprio said: "Nepal has been a leader in efforts to double tiger numbers within its own borders and serves as a model for conservation for all of Asia and the world."

He added: "This significant increase in Nepal's tiger population is proof that when we work together, we can save the planet's wildlife - even species facing extinction".

And Man Bahadur Khadka, director general of Nepal's Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, told AFP: "This is a result of concentrated unified efforts by the government along with the local community and other stakeholders to protect the tiger's habitat and fight against poaching."

People online are also backing the movement, with one taking to Twitter saying: "Its so rare to read positive, good news stories when it comes to animals that this is bloody fantastic. More of this please".

Another added: "What wonderful news, tigers must survive. Congratulations to everyone involved in this cause."

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Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd is a Journalist at LADbible. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class BA in Journalism. Becky previously worked as Chief Reporter at Cavendish Press, supplying news and feature stories to national newspapers and women's magazines.

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