Tigers spotted in western Thailand for first time in four years

James Marshall
July 31, 2020

For the first time in four years, footage of three endangered tigers in western Thailand was captured by conservationists.

There are now 13 tiger range countries- India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam. Launched ahead of the International Tiger Day on 29 July 2016, the report "Tiger selfies exposed: A portrait of Thailand's tiger entertainment industry" highlights the hidden cruelty and suffering in tiger entertainment venues across Thailand.

Shows like Temple Of Tigers, India's Bandhavgarh Wilderness, Tiger's Revenge, The Living Edens - Tiger Wars creating awareness about Tiger conservation and habitat. The growing numbers of tigers indicate speed-breeding' of captive tigers without any conservation benefits and mean more tigers are born into suffering.

"The next important step for us is that we have to try and make the connecting routes of each forest area accommodating for them, in order for the tigers to roam safely", said Kritsana.

There are fewer than 4,000 tigers remaining in the wild today, down from 100,000 a century ago.

The average life span of a tiger in the wild is about 11 years. Tiger parts, such as skin and bone, are hugely sought after in the traditional medicine market.

The destruction of their habitats from logging and human encroachment has also contributed to the decline.

Once ranging across Asia, tigers have been wiped out in southern China, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and much of Myanmar.

"The focus right now needs to be on Southeast Asia, where tigers are in the most trouble", Goodrich told AFP news agency.

2,967tigers in the country as per the latest census report. The Global Tiger Recovery Program has seen some success, including in India and Nepal.

He also said that despite having just 2.5 per cent of the world's total land mass, India has 8 per cent of the globe's bio-diversity and it is because of the culture that teaches co existence and respect for trees and animals, that despite having such limited resources people preserve the faura and fauna with heart.

On this World Tiger Day, World Animal Protection urges Indians who are planning their vacations to avoid venues offering tiger shows and tiger selfies New Delhi, Delhi, India (NewsVoir) On the occasion of World Tiger Day, global animal welfare organisation, World Animal Protection is urging Indian tourists to travel responsibly and avoid visiting venues offering Tiger shows and Tiger selfies.

Other areas have fared poorly.

"In more than 20 years of fieldwork, it's some of the best (footage) I've seen", said Eileen Larney, the Zoological Society of London's country manager for Thailand. "Thailand, especially for the Indochinese tiger, is the last bastion of hope for recovering that species".

"These tigers are in a precarious situation", says Dr Simcharoen. "Sustained and stronger protection of this area from poaching activity of any kind is the key to ensuring these individuals live on, helping Thailand's tigers to rebound".

In Thailand, the Tigers Forever programme hopes to revive the country's tiger populations by 50 per cent by 2022.

The largest breeding ground is in the Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries in western Thailand. "The ministry will also start a water and fodder scheme within the reserves so that less animals stray out of these reserves and this minimalises animal-human conflict", Javadekar said.

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