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  1. When speaking of tigers, people generally think about India or Russia. While South-East Asia once hold a huge population of tigers, different factors led to their collapse. Tigers are today functionally extinct in Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao, where WCS and Panthera were still working few years ago in Nam Et Phou Louey, but they have been unable to see any tiger in the last years and thus decided to change their priorities. We know tigers still survive in Myanmar/Birmania but very little is known there and tigers numbers are rough estimates. Panthera were a key actor to create the Hukaung Valley Tiger reserve in 2004 which has been lately enlarged in 2010. Tigers are estimated to be less than what previously expected in peninsular Malaysia. (250 instead of 500). However, Malaysia will soon conduct its first ever tiger census. Indonesia is facing massive poaching and deforestation, less than 500 tigers are expected to survive in Sumatra. The country unfortunately did not commit to lead any census up to now. Panthera, WCS and WWF are working hard in key tiger units (recovery project in Cambodia Eastern Plains, Tamang Negara and Endau-Rompin-Johor complex in Malaysia, different TCU in Sumatra). In Thailand, Tigers are still present in the Western Forest complex and Tenasserim landscape (map available here:, while few tigers survive in Khao Khai complex. Stress was first placed on Huai Khua Khaeng which is along with Thung Yai the core area in the WEFCOM. Thailand worked hard to secure this area with different partners and tigers are now stable and slowly increasing in the core area (60-65 tigers in HKK), migrating to surrounding areas. This is where NGOs are now working to expand secure tiger landscape by implementing successful tools developed in other TCUs. Panthera currently works in Salakpra. WCS in Mae Wong and Klong Lan protected areas. They are working in increasing preys abundance by enforcing patrolling and law enforcement, as prey poaching is the main threat for tigers here. There are plans to expand to Khaeng Krachan complex in the following years. Khao Yai landscape has seen its tiger population depleted. The goal by 2022 is to increase the number of tigers by 50%. Annual counts will be lead each year in HKK. However, Thailand needs to realize a national census by the nation has not yet committed to do so. Here is detailed information about the job done by WCS in the area: Further information Myanmar tiger national plan: Lao/Cambodia: Malaysia: Indonesia:
  2. I would like to take this news to recognize the wonderful job of Nepal to protect its very valuable wildlife and biodiversity. It is the best example that a "poor" country can get significant results if politics are completely committed to this cause. Nepal is on the good way to reach the objectives of the Tx2 project, which aims to double the population of tigers in the world by 2022 compared to 2010. Western Nepal has a tremendous potential to recover, and Chitwan National Park has one of the highest densities of tigers of the Indian Sub-continent.
  3. I let you a brochure from the Tx2 WWF website. Tigers should be reintroduced by 2019. It is expected that the plan will receive a formal approval by the cambodian government in 2016. According to the plan, tigers sourcing should be secured by 2017. Until 2019, number of rangers will increased thanks to WWF fundings, prey density monitoring will continue to reach targets, anti-paoching activities will strengthen to ensure the previous goals.
  4. The ZSL has focused its work on Parsa Wildlife reserve in Nepal in order to increase the population of tiger around Chitwan, which is reaching is carrying capacity according to tiger experts. Their work lead to the expansion of Parsa reserve, which will now include the Bara protected forest. Increasing tiger habitat in Parsa and protection within Bara is expected to contribute to a tiger increase in the greater chitin landscape of Terai, which is the next step to fulfill the goals of Tx2. Nepal is on the good way to double its tiger population by 2022 and to reach the goal of 250 tigers.
  5. Bhutan will soon announce the results of its tiger census on Global Tiger Day (July 29th), a mid-point on the path leading to the goal to double the global tiger population (Tx2 commitment). I have the idea we will receive good news! Bhutan hosts tigers living over 4000 meters, the highest ever observed on earth. There is a documentary on youtube showing the Panthera expedition to confirm the rumors.
  6. Bangladesh has just released its tiger census lead at the beginning of the year thanks to camera trapping. There is an estimated 106 tigers in the Sundarbans, less than the 440 estimated in 2004 based on plug mark technique:
  7. The WWF has just released the results of the Amur Tiger 2015 census in the Russian Far East. Covering an area of 150.000 km2, the census showed a 10% increase since 2005, with an estimated 480-540 tigers in Russia, from 423-502 individuals. Even if a low increase compared to Nepal, this is great news for Russia. In the 1940's, there were only 40 Amur tigers left in the world. Russia then started to protect its last tigers. This is why these results are truly remarkable as it is a huge conservation success built little by little in the long term. Once widespread in Russian Far East, Northern Korea and North Eastern China, Tigers are today confined to Russia, while a small recovering population of 27 tigers are present in the Jilin province of China. Tigers need territories up to 1000 km2 as the prey densities are nowadays low in Russia. Tigers mainly feed on sika deers and wild boars, but these last ones have depleted in the past. In fact, wild boars mainly feed on Korean pine nuts but logging of this tree has been quite intensive in the last century. China committed to realize a census next year. Bhutan and Bangladesh results are expected for the end of the year.

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