Global Tiger Day has come with an amazing success for the world of tiger conservation.
In Western Thailand, new tigers have been caught on camera traps. The amazing footage shows these magnificent tigers strolling through the forest and even captures one on video, curious enough to come and check the funny-looking camera out for themselves!
These are the first sightings of new tigers in the region in over 4 years and is close to one of the few known breeding populations of Indochinese tigers in the world. The occasion marks a huge triumph for the iconic Endangered tiger and local conservation teams.
Panthera Chief Scientist and Tiger Program Director, Dr. John Goodrich, stated, “In a sea of news casting doubt on the future of our planet’s wildlife, this development is a welcome sign of hope and potential turning of the tide for the Endangered tiger in Thailand.”
Our team at ZSL has been working collaboratively in the area for 10 years, with Panthera and Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP). Together, we are keeping a close eye on these curious new felines to track what they will do next, protect them from poachers and monitor any newly established tiger territory.
On the 10th anniversary of Global Tiger Day, we’re delighted by the breakthrough. While we are far from out of the woods in securing the future of this incredible striped species, it’s a step in the right direction for both Thailand’s goal of increasing tiger populations by 50% by 2022 and for every conservation enthusiast out there.
Dr. Eileen Larney, ZSL's Chief Technical Advisor in Thailand has said: “To witness apex predators, like tigers, returning to forests means the ecosystem is recovering, which is good for all wildlife. The situation for tigers worldwide remains precarious, but successes like this show that through our work with communities and governments, we can see populations start to recover.”
Down to the combined efforts of all organisations involved, here at ZSL, we’re also incredibly grateful to the individuals who have been kind enough to support, donate to or volunteer with ZSL too – your role has been crucial to us and this roaring success!
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