World's Tiger Count Rising for the First Time in More Than a Cent

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 1:55 PM

The tally marks a turnaround from the latest worldwide estimate in two thousand-tenth, when the no of tigers in the wild hit an all-time low of about 3.200, according to the World Wildlife Fund and the Global Tiger Forum.

World's Tiger Count Rising for the First Time in More Than a Cent

NEW DELHI — The world'south count of wild tigers roaming forests from Russia to Vietnam has gone up for the first time in more than a century, with 3.890 counted by conservation groups and national governments in the latest global census, wildlife conservation groups said Monday.

The tally marks a turnaround from the latest worldwide estimate in two thousand-tenth, when the no of tigers in the wild hit an all-time low of about 3.200, according to the World Wildlife Fund and the Global Tiger Forum.

India alone holds more than half of the world'south tigers, with two.226 tigers roaming reserves across the country, from the southern tip of Kerala state to the eastern swamps in W Bengal, according to its latest count in two thousand-fourteenth.

But while experts said the news was cause for celebration, they stopped brief of saying the no of tigers itself was actually rising. In other words, it may just be that experts are alert of more tigers, thanks to better survey methods and more areas being surveyed.

Still, this is the first time tiger counts are increasing since one thousand nine hundred, when there were more than 100.000 tigers in the wild.

"More necessary than the absolute numbers is the trend, and we're seeing the trend going in the right direction," said Ginette Hemley, senior vice president of wildlife conservation at WWF.

The global census, compiled from national tiger surveys as well as the International Union for Conservation of Nature, was released a day before ministers from thirteen countries meet for three days in New Delhi.

The countries teamed up with conservation groups after the disappointing count in two thousand-tenth, and pledged to double wild tiger numbers by two thousand twenty-two. Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio joined the effort.

"Tigers are some of the most vital and beloved animals on Earth," DiCaprio said in a statement. "I am so pleased that our collective efforts have begun to create progress toward our goal, but there is still so much to be done."

Not all nations are yet seeing progress. While Russia, India, Bhutan and Nepal all counted more tigers in their latest surveys, Southeast Asian countries have struggled. They're also behind the others in conservation measures, and don't yet conduct a tiger census on their own.

"When you've high-level political commitments, it can create all the difference," Hemley said. "When you've well protected habitat and you control the poaching, tigers will recover. That'south a beautiful ordinary formula. We know it works."

Cambodia is looking at reintroducing tigers after recently declaring them functionally extinct within its borders, meaning there are number longer any breeding tigers in the wild. Indonesia has also seen a rapid decline, thanks to having the world'south highest rate of forest destruction to meet growing demand for producing palm oil as well as pulp and paper.

Tigers are considered an endangered species, below fixed threat from habitat loss and poachers seeking their body parts for sale on the black market. They're also seeing their habitats rapidly shrinking as countries develop.

The global tiger count is based on data from two thousand fourteen. Here is the tally broken down by country:

Bangladesh, one hundred six; Bhutan, one hundred three; Cambodia, 0; China, more than seven; India, 2.226; Indonesia, three hundred seventy-one; Laos, 2; Malaysia, two hundred fifty; Myanmar, number data available; Nepal, one hundred ninety-eight; Russia, four hundred thirty-three; Thailand, one hundred eighty-nine; Vietnam, fewer than five.

The experts said the Myanmar government count of eighty-five tigers in two thousand-tenth wasn't included because the data was considered out of date.

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