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Tiger population sees hopeful rise in Nepal

Better protections, including an increased number of anti-poaching rangers, has allowed populations of tigers to grow quickly

Scientists estimate there are now 235 wild bengal tigers in Nepal, a huge leap from 2009, when there were only about 120 of the endangered animals.

In just the last four years, the population jumped nearly 20 percent, up from 198 of the animals, according to analysis performed by Nepal’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, along with conservation groups including Panthera and the Zoological Society of London.

The groups used images from camera traps and employed statistical models for the estimate of animals in five of the country’s national parks. Scientists hope success with Nepal’s tiger conservation ‘recipe’ might inspire other countries within wild tiger ranges to increase their efforts to protect and study the iconic and beloved big cats.

> Read entire article Nepal’s Tiger Population Nearly Doubles in Last Decade | National Geographic


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