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Nepal sees remarkable rise in tiger numbers

The tiger population has zoomed by more than 50 percent in Nepal but the big cat still faces plenty of dangers.
The government Monday came out with its latest tiger census, putting their number across the country at 198.
This is a rise of 63 per cent compared to 2009 when the last count was taken.
Although Nepal had vowed to double the tiger population by 2022, illegal trade with China and India, uncontrolled poaching, habitat disturbance and conservation are the major concerns.

‘Nepal’s results are an important milestone to reaching the goal of doubling the number of wild tigers by 2022,’ said Megh Bahadur Pandey, the head of the department of national parks and wildlife conservation.

‘Tigers are a part of Nepal’s natural wealth, and we are committed to ensuring these magnificent wild cats have their prey, protection and space to thrive.’
Tigers are found in the Terai arc stretching some 960 km across 15 protected area networks in Nepal and India.

Nepal and India embarked on the first ever joint tiger survey using a common methodology in January this year that has been successful.  
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