Endangered tigers spotted in Thailand after four-year absence

Rodiano Bonacci
Luglio 31, 2020

Remote camera traps captured three specimens in February and March.

"These sightings are extremely encouraging for the future of tigers in our country and beyond", said Dr Saksit Simcharoen, chief of wildlife research for Thailand's national parks.

"We are excited about this discovery", Kritsana Kaewplang, country director for conservation group Panthera in Thailand, said of the footage which was released on Global Tiger Day. But looking at the present state of our ecosystem and dwindling numbers of the big cats in question, did one know that thriving of tigers signified of a healthy ecosystem?

This body bears the credit of conserving the creature in a number of reserves, national parks, and sanctuaries through breeding programmes, resulting in the population of tigers presently standing at 2,967 as per the All India Tiger Estimation Report 2018, a report by Project Tiger released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi a year ago. They are also found in Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and southwestern China.

Speaking after releasing an over 600-page report of the fourth All India Tiger Estimation 2018 on the eve of Global Tiger Day, he said India is proud of its tiger achievements and despite scarcity of land and rainfall, it boasts of eight percent of world's biodiversity.

Kritsana, who has been working with Thailand's Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation and other organisations, says the sightings mean Thailand is on the right track trying to preserve tigers and their prey.

"Thailand is absolutely essential for tiger populations and tiger conservation", said Panthera's Hallam.

The recent success is partly down to specially designed "PoacherCams", Goodrich said. The organisation runs anti-poaching ranger training, supports wildlife crime investigations and has installed poacher-cams - the world's first camera to automatically distinguish between people and animals and alert law enforcement of poacher presence in real-time.

The minister also said that India has achieved the feat in not just tiger conservation but other species too. As few as 150 animals are thought to be left in the wild.

"More importantly, we would lose a fellow citizen of Malaysia".

Two years from the 2022 target set by world leaders to double global tiger numbers under the Global Tiger Recovery Programme, tigers are faring better in some nations, including India and Nepal, but are collapsing in many other destinations. Habitat loss, fragmentation of forests as a result of human developments like logging, and inbreeding also pose significant threats to the big cats. Three populations are already extinct-Caspian, Javan and Bali tigers.

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