Roaring success for tiger conservation in Bhutan
The first national survey of Bhutan’s tiger population has counted 103 tigers in the mountainous Himalayan country – a significant increase on the previous estimate of 75 tigers. Using the latest methods and equipment, the survey found tigers living throughout Bhutan, some as high as 4,200 metres. Bhutan has now joined other tiger range state champions in the sub-continent to have completed a full survey. Earlier this year India reported an increase from 1706 in 2010 to 2,226 tigers; and the most recent survey in Nepal, a country showing continued success in eliminating poaching, showed tigers are up from 155 to 198. The first systematic survey in Bangladesh using improved methods showed less tigers at 106 but earlier numbers may be overestimates.