Nepal sees tiger population go up by 63% since 2009
The number of wild tigers living in Nepal has increased by 63% to 198 since 2009, a government survey has shown.
The survey, which was carried out between February and June, assessed the Bengal tiger population across a 600-mile stretch in Nepal and India.
It found numbers had increased in all of Nepal’s national parks.
South Asian governments have committed to doubling tiger populations by 2022, but the animals continue to face threats from poaching and habitat loss.
There are thought to be fewer than 2,000 tigers left worldwide, with 60% of them in India.
The survey covered tigers in the Terai Arc region, which spreads across the north Indian states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and into southern Nepal.
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