Nepal Set to become First Country to Double Wild Tiger Population

On the occasion of National Conservation Day, Nepal announced that there are now an estimated 235 wild tigers in the country, nearly doubling the baseline of around 121 tigers in 2009. If these trends continue, Nepal could become the first country to double its national tiger population since the ambitious TX2 goal – to double the world’s wild tiger population by 2022 – was set at the St. Petersburg Tiger Summit in 2010.

Nepal conducted its national tiger survey between November 2017 and April 2018 in the transboundary Terai Arc Landscape (TAL), a vast area of diverse ecosystems shared with India. Camera traps and occupancy surveys were used to estimate tiger occupancy and abundance, while line transect surveys were used to derive prey density. The last tiger survey in 2013 had estimated the tiger population at 198.

About ‘Tx2’ programme:

The World Wildlife Foundation had launched its ambitious TX2 programme at the St Petersburg Tiger Summit in 2010.  The programme aims to double the world tiger population by 2022, which is the year of the tiger in the Chinese calendar.

What is WWF’S role?

  • WWF remains a major driving force behind Tx2.

It aims at:

  • Driving political momentum to ensure tigers remain a top priority for world leaders.
  • Professionalizing wildlife protection by training rangers, developing conservation standards (CA|TS) and technology (SMART) to achieve Zero Poaching.
  • Tackling the illegal wildlife trade through our partnership with TRAFFIC.
  • Focusing efforts in key tiger landscapes.
  • Ensuring there is space for both tigers and people in the future.

Who are the TIGER RANGE Countries?

Wild tigers are found in a variety of habitats across Asia. There are currently 13 tiger range countries; Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

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