Nepal is set to become the first country in the world to double its tiger population as part of the World Wildlife Foundation’s (WWF) ‘Tx2′ programme which aims to double the number of tigers all over the world. The government of Nepal announced on September 23, 2018, on the occasion of National Conservation Day, that there are now an estimated 235 wild tigers in the nation, nearly double the number from around 121 in 2009.
1. Nepal had conducted a national tiger survey between November 2017 and April 2018 in the transboundary Terai Arc Landscape (TAL), a vast area of diverse ecosystems shared with India.
2. The survey revealed that Nepal’s tiger population rose to 235 from 121 in 2009.
3. The earlier tiger survey in 2013 had estimated the tiger population in the nation to be around 198.
4. With four years remaining before the 2022 deadline, Nepal looks set to achieve its goal of doubling the tiger population.
5. However, this only underscores the continued need to ensure protection and improved and contiguous habitats for the long-term survival of the species.