An Indian national park that was ravaged by poachers 20 years ago had some positive news this week: its tiger population has bounced back from zero to 48 in two decades.
A wildlife census in Assam’s Manas National Park revealed that the big cats have trebled in number since 2010, following ongoing conservation interventions.
“The findings have brought cheer to everyone in Manas, and show that the efforts at tiger conservation have borne fruit,” Amal Chandra Sarmah, field director at Manas Tiger Project, told the Hindustan Times. “We have already surpassed the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) and Global Tiger Forum’s goal of doubling tiger numbers by 2022.”
Assam isn’t the only place experiencing a rise in numbers. Nepal is on track to become the First Nation to double its tiger population. According to the WWF, populations are also rising, or stable, in China, Russia and Bhutan. But with fewer than 4,000 individuals remaining in the wild, the animals remain in peril.
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