Saturday Smile

Another great news item about our wonderful wildlife.

This update about the Tiger population in Nepal was read on Mother Nature Network yesterday. Coming so soon after the positive news about the wolf population once again I wanted to share it with you!

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Tiger population rebounds, nearly doubling in Nepal

By Mary Jo Dilonardo, September 26th, 2018.

Photo: Amy Fitzmaurice/Living with Tigers

The number of wild tigers in Nepal has nearly doubled over the past nine years as a result of conservation efforts. A survey carried out earlier this year found 235 tigers in Nepal, up from just 121 in 2009.

To count the tigers, conservationists and wildlife experts used more than 4,000 cameras, traveling a 2,700-kilometer (1,700-mile) route across Nepal’s southern plains where most of the big cats are found.

“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,” Man Bahadur Khadka, director general of Nepal’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, told AFP.

Nepal and a dozen other countries signed the 2010 Tiger Conservation Plan, pledging to double their tiger populations by 2022. Since then, the tiger population — which has been decimated by deforestation, loss of habitat and poaching — has begun to show positive changes. The World Wildlife Fund and the Global Tiger Forum announced in 2016 that the wild tiger population had grown for the first time in more than 100 years, according to AFP.

Co-existing in harmony

A tiger comes in for a close-up, thanks to a camera trap in Bardia National Park in Nepal. (Photo: Amy Fitzmaurice/Living with Tigers)

Although this news is obviously heartening, there’s a challenge that comes hand in hand with the growth: making sure people and tigers co-exist safely. A team of conservation scientists from the Chester Zoo in the United Kingdom is working with groups such as Green Governance Nepal to reduce conflict between tigers and residents.

The Living with Tigers project uses methods such as predator-proof livestock pens and changes in livestock management practices to help lessen the risk of tiger attacks on livestock and people.

“It is wonderful news for the entire conservation community around the globe and it demonstrates that ambitious conservation goals can be achieved when governments, conservation partners and local communities work together,” said Kiran Timalsina, chairperson of Green Governance Nepal.

“It also highlights the need for more concentrated efforts particularly focusing on human-tiger conflict mitigation to bring about conditions where tigers and the local communities with whom they share the landscape could coexist.”

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Don’t know about you but I feel I can handle a great deal of bad stuff about these present times so long as news items such as this come along on a regular basis!

11 thoughts on “Saturday Smile

  1. Awesome. Thanks for sharing. Tigers are my favorite. I love the show of power in a lions face but tigers have a bright wisdom with their stripes and white around their eyes. Beautiful animal.

  2. Agreed, good news like this is really great news.

    Also this last week a judge ruled that a resumption of Grizzly Bear Hunting in Yellowstone National Park did not show enough evidence to support its reinstatement and so the bears (after much petitioning and public outcry) are safe again, for the foreseeable future until the hunting lobby comes up with another insidious tactic.

      1. Me too Paul. I think hunting should be outlawed world wide. And while we are at it, so should guns and all firearms and ballistic weappns. Their invention has been the biggest factor in the demise of wildlife. Their invention has also caused more misery for more humans than in any time prior to their invention.
        Perhaps (thinking about your recent post) we should find the gene code for what causes people to be violent and change it. 🤔

  3. Beautiful images and post Paul. Love Tigers as you may have seen my painting of one.. And I read a horrendous article where a pregnant rare tiger was hunted and killed only recently.. I hope the pledge of conservation really works.. These are beautiful animals..

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