Towards a Healthy Bhutan with Healthy Tigers
A Tiger in Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park
First-ever Nationwide Tiger Survey By Bhutanese Professionals
Tomorrow, Bhutan will embark on a major milestone in its history of conservation as the Royal Government launches the first ever nation-wide Tiger (panther tigris) survey in the country.
In an effort to conserve this globally revered yet threatened species, the survey aims to understand the distribution and habitat status of Bhutan’s tigers. The survey will lay the foundation of more targeted and successful future conservation strategies.
The survey also comes at a critical time. The world has lost 97 percent of its Tiger population in just over a century. Tigers, all over the world, face several threats from poaching, habitat fragmentation and degradation, and depletion of prey population.
Over 100,000 Tigers used to roam as wide as Turkey, Russia and South East Asia then while today, there are just 3,200 tigers left in existence in only 13 Tiger Range Countries.
Bhutan is one of the prime tiger habitats in the world today where the tiger is a nationally protected species under the country’s Forest and Nature Conservation Act.
Given the tiger’s cultural and ecological significance, Bhutan is proud to launch this survey, which will play a critical role in achieving this global conservation goal.
The survey will play a major role in Bhutan’s commitment to double the global tiger population to at least 6400 by the next year of the tiger – 2022.