Nepal doubles its tiger population, raising hope for global recovery of endangered big cats

Local conservation groups welcomed the news, which they saw as a sign that with political will and innovative approaches tigers can be preserved across their range.

Officials announced that the tiny Asian nation now has an estimated 235 wild tigers, up from 121 in 2009.

This chimes with the target set in 2010 at the St Petersburg tiger summit, which brought together representatives from all 13 countries that are home to tigers.

At the summit, nations pledged to double the world’s tiger population by 2022 under a strategy known as the Tx2 goal.

“Every tiger counts, for Nepal and for the world,” said Dr Ghana Gurung, WWF-Nepal’s country representative.

“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.”

National tiger surveys were conducted over several months using camera traps and other techniques to estimate total numbers.


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