Nepal’s number of Royal Bengal tigers in the wild has soared 64 per cent to 198 in just four years, according to a government survey released on Monday.
Experts attributed the rise to a crackdown on poaching as the government vowed to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022.
“The survey has found the number of adult tigers in the wild is now 198,” conservation minister Tek Bahadur Thapa Gharti said in Kathmandu.
“We have pledged to double this number by 2022,” he told reporters.
The report's release at a meeting in the Nepali capital coincided with World Tiger Day.
Conservationists said the sharp increase from 121 tigers counted in a similar survey in 2009 was due to tougher action against poachers and better management of tiger's habitats.
“Law enforcement played a vital role,” said Maheswar Dhakal, a wildlife department ecologist.
Hundreds of conservationists and wildlife experts at the meeting watched images of tigers caught on camera during the survey of protected areas.
According to the survey, the Chitwan National Park in south-central Nepal alone has 120 Royal Bengal tigers. More....