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  1. 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.
  2. Nepal authorities have just started a new translocation program to reinforce Western Nepal rhino populations from Bardia and Sukhlaphanta. The first rhino has been released in the Babai Valley of Bardia National Park, which rhino population suffered a lot and at one point was to the verge of being wiped out of the park, during the civil war between 2002 and 2006. Nepal has currently a growing population of rhinos. Chitwan National Park has the largest rhino population of the country and its population is only second in the world, after Kaziranga in Assam. In order to protect important corridors in Western Nepal, some of them linking Nepali protected areas with Indian ones, rhinos were also collared in the Khata corridor to study the importance of corridors, and I guess take further measure to strengthen this important area for rhinos and wildlife.
  3. The number of tigers raised 44 from an estimation of 28 last year.
  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. I thought it could be interesting to share this two reports from Nepal. The first one is the result of the last tiger census in Nepal, focusing in 5 tiger core areas, namely Parsa, Chitwan, Banke, Bardia, and Sukla Phanta (from east to west). It shows prey density has increased significantly compared to the 2009 census. Bardia and Chitwan have seen huge increases, while Parsa still suffer of poaching. Tigers have started the recolonization of Banke area, which was gazetted after the 2009 census to as a mean to fulfill the Tiger x 2 goal. Parsa and Banke are really promising in receiving more tigers in the future, with strict law enforcement measures and better management. Prey abundance in Bardia should be able to support tiger numbers around the Chitwan ones (>3 tigers/100 km). Valmiki reserve in Bihar, India, has very poor results. It can be assumes the tigers using corridors to migrate outside of the overcrowd Chitwan national park, are poached in important numbers. Better management and law enforcement in Valmiki, could transform the Parsa-Chitwan-Valmiki complex in the best tiger conservation unit of the Terai arc. It is interesting to see some tigers are residing and breeding ins some national and trans-national corridors linking the different meta-populations. One of the Nepal next goal, is increasing forest management and restore in these corridors. Nepal is definitely on the way to reach the Tx2 goal! Here is the final trans-boundary report for the Terai Arc Landscape (TAL): Here is the rhino reports for Nepal. A new census will be led in 2015. Last census was conducted in 2011 showing an increase of 99 rhinos from 435 in 2008, with Chitwan supporting 503 rhinos. It is expected there are around 600 rhinos nowadays in Nepal. The Babai valley is now free of poaching and should receive relocated rhinos to enhance the Bardia population. I do not have information about any plan in the next years. I have been to Chitwan in 2011, while trekking 8 days in the jungle to find tigers on foot, and I can say there was an impressive rhino baby-boom, which is a always a good sign of an increasing population. To finish with, let's say Nepal had no poaching in 2014, a result largely obtained thanks to the presence army camps and patrols in the different protected areas. A model that should be replicated...
  7. Here is one interesting article expelling why camera traps are important for conservation: As a highly invasive method, we can discover which animals are present in one area, especially the most secretive ones, without any contact which is the key to protect them form humans. We can evidence new behaviors, breeding evidences of populations, and in the case of tigers, estimation of populations, which is the key to make any conservation policies.
  8. Nepal population of indian rhino increased a 21% compared to the 2011 numbers. They is now an estimation of 645 rhinos, a huge majority of them living in Chitwan nationional park. This success has to be compared with the 2014 great victories for the himalayan state: zero poaching in 2014, significant increase in the tiger population. Nepal has definitely turned as a leading actor in the conservation of endangered species. It should be taken in example. I ask the african countries to try to implement the nepalese model in some pilot areas, building army camps inside the protected areas to ensure 24/7 effective patrolling. I hope the huge earthquake that affected Nepal will not affect this very positive trend. If Nepa needs to re-afect their soldiers present in the parks for the re-construction of the country, this would certainly lead to new poaching opportunities.

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