The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan recently shared a good news story announcing that its wild tiger population has increased by 27% from the first systematic survey in 2015.
The population has risen to 131 individuals from 103 following the National Tiger Survey 2021-2022 presentation. These new numbers were announced alongside never-before-seen camera trap footage and images of wild tigers.
The survey covered 85% of the country, and over 1,200 camera traps captured the wild tigers in Dagana and Pemagatshel national forests. The survey also identifies the major threats to tigers in Bhutan poaching, habitat loss, and human-wildlife conflict, and outlines strategies to mitigate them.
Dechen Dorji, Senior Director of Asia, Wildlife Conservation, WWF-US said: “This announcement marks another enormous milestone in tiger conservation efforts globally. Tigers are instrumental in maintaining the healthy forests, rivers, and streams we all depend upon, and Bhutan’s conservation success gives us hope.”
“Thanks to the dedicated efforts of countries and organisations, we are witnessing one of the most successful wild tiger recovery stories in recent history. The report serves as a call to action for continued efforts to protect tigers and their habitats for future generations.”
The positive increase in individual wild tiger numbers in Bhutan is the result of significant interventions in the last ten years to conserve the wild tiger population, including increased law enforcement, community-based tiger conservation programs, habitat improvement, and wildlife conflict management interventions.