The number of wild tigers in Nepal has doubled in 12 years following an intensive conservation programme that protected key habitats, compensated locals for lost livestock and reduced their reliance on firewood.
Tiger numbers surge in Nepal after 12-year conservation programme
The number of wild tigers in Nepal has more than doubled to 355 in the past 12 years following an intensive conservation programme, the country's government has announced.
Nepal was one of a number of countries that set a target at a summit in St Petersburg in Russia in 2010 of doubling their wild tiger numbers.
The Himalayan nation is the first country to reveal its numbers, with the news coinciding with the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese calendar.
Its Official! Nepal has gone beyond meeting the Global commitment to double Tiger numbers in the wild by going from 121 to 355 in 12 years! WWF Thanks the People, Govt of Nepal & all supporters including Donors for this historic achievement.- WWF Nepal (@WWFNepal) July 29, 2022
#yearofthetiger #roarfortigers pic.twitter.com/ZjqCKtchUc
The results were announced following an extensive survey covering 18,928 square miles - 12 per cent of Nepal's land.