In 2004, India was stunned to discover that the entire tiger population
of its Sariska Tiger Reserve (more than 20 individuals) had disappeared.
The WWF and other conservation groups say the world's tiger population
has fallen from about 5,000 in 1998 to as few as 3,200 today, despite millions of dollars that have been invested in varying conservation efforts.
are fast declining worldwide due to poaching for illegal trade and habitat and prey loss.
The survey accessed the Bengal tiger population
across a 600-mile stretch in Nepal and India and found that the count went to 198 since 2009 all of Nepal's national parks, BBC reports.
EIA is working to support the international community's objective of doubling the wild tiger population
by the next Year of the Tiger, in 2022.
WASHINGTON -- World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is alarmed by the dramatic decline of at least 30 percent in the Bengal tiger population
of Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve in Nepal, once a refuge that boasted among the highest densities of the endangered species in the Eastern Himalayas.
The report, "Save The Tiger Fund: A Model for Success," indicates that tiger populations
have stabilized in some areas where the fund has intensely invested since its inception in 1995.
Building tiger populations
in these sites would enable other areas to be re-populated later, the researchers report in the journal PLoS Biology.
But for the Sunderbans, made up of hundreds of islands, criss-crossed by narrow water channels and home to many of India's dwindling tiger populations
, the threat is more immediate.
With tiger populations
dwindling in recent years as a result of poaching, wildlife officials say hunters have increasingly set their sights on leopards, killing them for their skins as well as bones.
According to the study, researchers will be able to accurately count and assess tiger populations
by identifying individual animals from the unique DNA signature found in their dung.
Washington, May 5 (ANI): Reports indicate that constant face-offs between humans and tigers in India's Sundarbans region are on the rise, with tiger populations
dwindling and rising seas pushing humans into the territory of the big cats.