Endangered tigers captured on camera in western Thailand

Pablo Tucker
July 31, 2020

We have learnt many lessons in school about the majestic Royal Bengal tiger that it is the national animal of India and Bangladesh and it is an endangered species. In one shot, a curious tiger comes right up to the camera to check out the device.

Describing the footage as "very exciting", John Goodrich, Panthera's chief scientist said: "It's a good indicator that what we're doing is working".

That part of Thailand is remote, mountainous, and covered in thick tropical forest.

The union minister also said that the country is ready to work with other tiger range countries in tiger conservation.

Hallam said that evidence of tigers moving into areas not seen before was significant because it means those areas are protected enough and have enough prey for them to settle.

"The next important step for us is that we have to try and make the connecting routes of each forest area accommodating for them, in order for the tigers to roam safely", said Kritsana.

Illegal poaching is the gravest threat to the animals' survival and their numbers in the wild have dwindled from 100,000 a century ago to 3,900 today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in 2019 released the tiger estimation report as per which, India recorded 2967 tigers, more than double the number from 1411 in 2006.

The destruction of their habitats from logging and human encroachment has also contributed to the decline. The tiger populations in China, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar have been virtually wiped out.

The minister also said that India has achieved the feat in not just tiger conservation but other species too.

2,967tigers in the country as per the latest census report.

World Animal Protection calls on the people of India to be responsible tourists, and not visit tiger entertainment venues or take tiger selfies.

"Despite India's constraint of 2.5 percent of global land, 4 percent of rainfall and 16 percent of world's human population, India is home to 8 percent of world's biodiversity which includes 70 percent of world's tiger population", he said.

Other areas have fared poorly.

"These tigers are in a precarious situation", says Dr Simcharoen.

Recognizing that tigers faced extinction in Thailand, the government launched a plan to increase tiger numbers by 50 percent by 2022, with some success.

The world's second known breeding population of Indochinese tigers was found in eastern Thailand in 2016.

The largest breeding ground is in the Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries in western Thailand.

A database of Thailand's tiger population showed two of the tigers had travelled from the northern part of the forest to the south, while the third had not been documented before, she said.

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