Nepal’s tiger numbers climbing
A survey of wild tigers in Nepal announced in July estimates 198 individuals – a 63 per cent increase since the last estimate in 2009 – establishing Nepal as the pace setter among the tiger range states that committed in 2010 to double their national tiger numbers by 2022. Tigers are found in the Terai Arc landscape, a WWF priority area, across 15 protected area complexes and other areas in Nepal and India. The national survey was also the first to be done in coordination with India, and the joint results for the shared Terai Arc landscape, will be released later this year. Nepal’s estimates showed strong growth in the Bardia National Park, where the population has tripled to an estimated 50 tigers, and Chitwan, home to Nepal’s largest tiger population.