Findings of the first study of its kind in the country, which will track six tigers, will help in saving the species from adverse impacts of infrastructure projects, conservationists say.
The latest tiger census report, released in 2018, put the number of big cats in the country at 235, nearly double the recorded 121 in 2009. The achievement made Nepal the first country on track to meet the international commitment of the 13 tiger range countries to double their tiger populations from the base of 2010, estimated to be between 3,200 and 3,500 worldwide, by 2022.
The impressive growth in population has its downsides. With an ever-growing loss of habitat, the struggle between humans with their infrastructure development and the wild cats has been increasing.
Nepal’s road ahead for protecting its tigers is therefore fraught with challenges. Potential poaching and habitat fragmentation are other risks.
The full article was published by Kathmandu Post on February 21, 2021.