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More wild tigers on earth

04 May 2016, 09:00

For the last decades, experts noted for the first time an increase in the tiger population. The World Wildlife Fund recently published its annual report, which noted that the number of tigers living in the wild was growing.

However, these large predatory cats are still threatened with extinction, but the persistent efforts made by environmentalists to support the reproduction of wild tigers and reduce threats from poachers and extermination of their natural habitats have helped create the necessary conditions for tigers to gradually increase their number.

According to estimates, about 4 thousand tigers now live in nature, their main habitat is India, Japan, Thailand (a few years ago there were just over 3 thousand tigers).

In recent years, considerable efforts have been made to stop the extinction of tigers on our planet - the governments of the countries, with the support of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, organized a series of meetings dedicated to saving tigers, whose goal was to adopt programs to increase the number of wild tigers by at least two times to 2,022 year. In addition, the meetings discussed the activities necessary to preserve this species of animals on the ground and which were accepted to observe. The plan adopted at the forum showed its effectiveness, and the World Wildlife Fund positively assessed the situation in countries where the number of "wild cats" has increased.

But in other countries, where wild tigers also live (for example, in South-East Asia), uncontrolled deforestation and illegal hunting can lead to the complete disappearance of tigers. Recently, these beautiful and powerful animals were officially recognized as extinct in Cambodia (the Indochina Peninsula), where tigers have not met for about 9 years. 

The news of the increase in the number of wild tigers spread after India announced that from 2011 to 2015 the number of these animals in its territory increased by 30%. In this country, a number of measures have been taken to preserve these majestic animals, in particular, the equipment of protected areas for tigers, their breeding and subsequent release, the introduction of stricter penalties for poaching and illegal deforestation. It is worth noting that about 70% of tigers are concentrated within the Indian state, and the Government of India has proposed to send young tigers to other countries to restore this species of animals on the planet.

The first president of the World Wildlife Fund, Jeanette Hemley, noted that the increase in the number of wild tigers on our planet, observed in recent years, is only the beginning and programs aimed at preserving "big cats" will continue. For decades, the number of tigers on the planet has rapidly decreased, but thanks to the well-coordinated work of governments of different countries, local organizations, charitable foundations, the situation has been reversed. But in order to achieve the goal, namely, an increase in the number of wild tigers on the planet at least twice, there is still a lot to do.

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