On July 29th, also known as Global Tiger Day, Nepal had some great news regarding their Tiger population. Since 2015, their tiger population is up 40% and since 2009, there has been an increase of 190%. A few weeks ago, the National Tiger and Prey Survey results showed Nepal to have tripled the number of wild tigers.
These amazing results are the aftermath from protection of key habitats and corridors together with partnership with local communities and their efforts to put a stop to poaching and illegal wildlife trade.
The results from the survey bring reassurance and hope concerning the tigers future in Nepal and the rest of the world as well. The survey recorded 355 individuals.
“This conservation win is a result of political will and concerted efforts of local communities, youth, enforcement agencies, and conservation partners… the result of sustained effort over many years,” said Ghana Gurung, Country Director of WWF- Nepal.
“Nepal’s new tiger population estimate shows that it is possible to save a species from the brink of extinction and gives us a real reason to celebrate this Global Tiger Day,” said Ginette Hemley, Senior Vice President for Wildlife Conservation for WWF in the US.
This historic increase in Nepal's tiger population occurred during the “Year of the Tiger”, the Chinese lunar symbol for 2022.