Endangered tigers spotted in Thailand after four-year absence

Katie Ramirez
August 1, 2020

In India alone, the number of tigers has more than doubled between 2006 and 2018, with an estimated 2,600 and 3,350 animals in the south Asian nation.

In the video footage, several tigers slink past the camera traps, but one spots a hidden lens and approaches to investigate, sniffing the device.

Once ranging across Asia, tigers have been wiped out in southern China, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and much of Myanmar.

Javadekar said India is ready to work with other tiger range countries in tiger conservation.

The International Tiger Day was first observed in 2010 during the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in Russian Federation to raise concerns about the declining numbers of the global tiger population that nearly left them on the brink of extinction and to encourage the execution of projects related to tiger conservation.

In 2010, all 13 countries with tiger populations committed to doubling the number of wild tigers by 2022, which is the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese zodiac.

Shows like Temple Of Tigers, India's Bandhavgarh Wilderness, Tiger's Revenge, The Living Edens - Tiger Wars creating awareness about Tiger conservation and habitat.

A Bengal tiger named Boomerang rests in the bush in Ranthambhore National Park in Jaipur, India, on January 4, 2012. "Despite India's constraint of 2.5 per cent of global land, four per cent of rainfall and 16 per cent of world's human population, India is home to eight per cent of world's biodiversity which includes 70 per cent of the world's tiger population", he said.

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Other areas have fared poorly.

The new sightings in Thailand then are hugely important for the survival of the entire species. Seventy per cent of the world's tigers are in India and the conservation effort has been a huge success...

"These sightings are extremely encouraging for the future of tigers in our country and beyond", Chief of the Wildlife Research Division for DNP, Dr. Saksit Simcharoen told ZSL.

It is said that less than a century ago, about 1,00,000 tigers were known to have roamed in Asia. "Sustained and stronger protection of this area from poaching activity of any kind is the key to ensuring these individuals live on, helping Thailand's tigers to rebound".

"In 1973, there were just nine tiger reserves which have now increased to 50".

The largest breeding ground is in the Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries in western Thailand.

"These tigers' repeated detections in new areas suggests suitable habitat and prey exists for this small but significant population".

"In more than 20 years of fieldwork, it's some of the best (footage) I've seen", said Eileen Larney, the Zoological Society of London's country manager for Thailand.

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