More tigers found in Nepal as Nepal-India trans-boundary efforts for tiger conservation intensify

Posted on 02 August 2010  |  12 comments
A new survey released on 29 July indicates that adult tiger numbers in Chitwan National Park and its border areas in Nepal now stand at 125. A previous survey conducted in a smaller area of the Park in early 2009 found 91 tigers.

The survey was conducted from December 2009 to March 2010 in previously unexplored habitats in and around the Park. It was designed to assess the status of possibly dispersing tigers in less suitable habitats of the Churia Hills region of the Park, and was based on results from the earlier survey which showed relatively higher tiger numbers in prime habitats.

Located in south central Nepal, Chitwan was declared Nepal’s first national park in 1973, in recognition of the international significance of its unique ecosystems. UNESCO declared the Park a World Heritage Site in 1984, and the area is home to more than 50 different grasses. In addition to the tiger, the Park has populations of other endangered species, such as the one-horned rhinoceros and the Gaur, the world’s largest species of wild cattle.

The tiger monitoring was conducted in a 1,261 square kilometer area, and was a combined effort of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation of the Government of Nepal, WWF-Nepal and the National Trust for Nature Conservation. WWF provided technical as well as financial support to complete the tiger population monitoring.

The findings were released on the occasion of the 1st Tiger Day, which was celebrated in Nepal as a run-up to the Tiger Conservation Summit to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia in September 2010. WWF-Nepal, along with government, private sector and NGO partners, organized nationwide mass awareness events which saw the participation of hundreds of students, the media and the general public.

Tiger Day also marked the signing of resolutions by the Governments of Nepal and India to join hands to conserve biodiversity, including tigers, and strengthen ecological security in the trans-boundary region.

“WWF welcomes the steps taken by the Government of Nepal towards protecting tigers in the form of working with its neighbors in fostering trans-boundary co-operation as well as raising awareness nationally and globally on this issue. As Nepal celebrates Tiger Day today, we can see everyone from the youth to the private sector actively engaged in efforts to raise awareness on tiger conservation. This gives us hope that protecting this magnificent species is very much possible in Nepal,” said Anil Manandhar, Country Representative, WWF Nepal.

The resolutions stress bilateral and regional co-operation, including establishing a joint monitoring mechanism for interaction and intelligence sharing and exploring funding opportunities with a special focus on the protected areas of the Terai Arc region in both Nepal and India.

The resolutions were an outcome of the 4th Nepal-India Consultative Meeting on Trans-boundary Biodiversity Conservation. The Consultative Meeting is a key step towards the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on biodiversity conservation between Nepal and India. The Government of Nepal signed a similar MoU with the Government of China in June 2010, creating a milestone for the co-operation between the two governments for conserving biodiversity, including control in the trade of illegal wildlife parts of endangered species such as the tiger.
Tiger pug marks in the mud. Chitwan National Park. Nepal.
Tiger pug marks in the mud. Chitwan National Park. Nepal.
© Gerald S. Cubitt / WWF-Canon
The governmenats of Nepal and India sign the resolution to join hands conserving biodiversity and strengthen ecological security in their trans-boundary region
© WWF Nepal


  • lewis stocking
    April 4, 2011 - 12:22

    that is great lets hope we get more good news

  • Saneer Lamichhane
    September 29, 2010 - 09:14

    its a great news!!!!

  • Rachel
    September 25, 2010 - 21:05

    This is very good news indeed. I am due to travel to Chitwan later this year, and after watching the wonderful BBC programme, Land of the Tigers, it will be very exciting to see this first hand. I do hope Nepal will join Bhutan and create the tiger corridor which the programme advocated as the best option to help the tigers. I have also just signed your petition.

  • Colin Keiley
    September 25, 2010 - 16:41

    It is great to hear the tiger is doing well, and after watching lost land of the Tiger, lets us hope that all four counties can join together to preserve this wounderfull animal. Remember tourishm brings in welcome extra cash to both the country and conservation funds, and as proved well in Kenya.

  • Kumar Basnet
    August 31, 2010 - 07:30

    I am very glad to know that the number of Super Cat is growing up in Nepal.Heartiest congratulation to those who are involved in the conservation program. It is also hoped that this kind of noble work will be extended to other valuable flora and fauna. Thank You WWF Nepal.

  • Francis Miguez
    August 31, 2010 - 00:04

    I am happy that amur tiger numbers are growing. But we musn't use things like cloning, because it makes a copy of that species but does not hold its values(in other words, it may not have the skills needed to behave or adapt like one in the wild), and it may be put into domestication. Poaching is another thing we must solve as soon as we can. It isn't good to hear that poachers want so many animals extinct. It's just not wright and is down-right wrong. Amur tiger population is estimated to be over 500. That's not so good, but let's see if we can double their numbers in the next few years. As a conservationist, it's good to hear that animals that are endangered are coming back from the brink of the unforgiven pain of extinction. We need more money into investments that goes for more conservation profits. It can help too. I am happy to hear such good news, but however, we are not there yet. So much damage has been done to its population, that it may also need full funding support. I think I have also heard about a pheonix fund, which is also helping them. If so, GREAT work. We are all proud. And thanks to the World Wildlife Fund, who gives us news that's going on, around the world! I also want main focus on other endangered animals, such as the snow leopard. How do you conserve a creature that your lucky even to see? I guess we must work as a giant group and do whatever it takes to help end poaching, and to bring back their numbers so that they won't go extinct. The time is now. More funding support etc etc, must be taken into full consideration. It's time for the world to understand that conservation is important, and that our economy and wealth are not just the only things in life.

  • August 28, 2010 - 21:09

    This is a very joyful news. Congratulations, WWF

  • Tek Bahadur Gurung
    August 19, 2010 - 09:10

    I am very glad to knew that tiger number found more in Chitwan. as i knew the last population of 2008-2009. is 91. Tiger in Chitwan. 18 Tiger in Bardiya.8 Tiger in Shuklaphanta and 4 Tiger in Parsa Wildlife Reserve. so the Total number was 121 but now according this new survey 2009-2010.number is 125.Tiger in Chitwan this very fantastic for Nepal for Chitwan National Park. survey in border of Chitwan National Park.what about other Park so almost all park and wildlife reserve of Nepal in border of India and Nepal. like Bardiya. Shuklaphanta.what about those border? could be more i have read the news paper long a go there were 300.Tiger in Nepal. it is long time there no any activities about Tiger. i knew some Tiger Ecology project which now NTNC. BCC. I think we have to be more awake on specific issues, in this case, the conservation of tigers. I have been jungle walk this morning with my client from France
    people we saw the Tiger pug mark in mud which was very fresh that was exciting momment for my guest so we lats join the hand for awareness and conservation of flagship endangered species, majestic and beuatiful Tiger,

  • M Cotton
    August 13, 2010 - 07:02

    Sanjiv is wrong to blanket all tiger tourism as bad. I entirely agree that innappropriate congestion and overload in certain parks in India may have stress factors for tigers. However, well managed wildlife toruism can and does contribute significantly to awareness and conservation of flagship endangered species, such as the tiger and the eco-systems they represent.

  • Sanjiv Midha
    August 9, 2010 - 13:03

    Laurie Doiron and Francis Miguez

    Noble thought for equally noble cause.

    Can we save the tiger? Yes!
    But it requires very strong will to act .
    I am a film maker and have been researching the subject for the last four years to make a film on tiger tourism. Tiger Tourism is another major threat and must be stopped. it is nothing but disturbing the natural habitat further,causing more stress to the already stressed wild life. Those tourists who are so eager to have a glimpse of tiger in the wild, should visit zoo to see tigers, and leave the rest to their natural habitat undisturbed. Or if they are so keen,they can watch wild life films made by BBC,NGC or Discoverey etc. to see tigers in their natural environment. Already we have done enough harm.
    But there is strong lobby with vested interests having invested huge sums in jungle lodges(in and around National Parks and Sanctuaries). They are dead against any such move. Money Matters A Lot.

    If we honestly want to save tigers , we must stop infringing the tiger territory and must introduce very stringent laws to deal with poachers. Killing a tiger should be at par with killing a man deserving equal sentence. Motivate forest guards , pay them well and remove villagers from the sanctuaries or national parks.
    Tiger is a solitary animal. Give tiger a chance to live alone, undisturbed. Any one can see the results. Tiger will bounce back.

    Your comments, suggestions for my under production film are welcome.

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