There are 40% more tigers in the world than previously estimated: NPR

A Bengal tiger rests in the jungles of Bannerghatta National Park south of Bangalore, India, on July 29, 2015. The number of tigers in the wild has increased by 40% since 2015 — largely due to improvements in their monitoring, according to the international organization The Union for the Conservation of Nature.

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A Bengal tiger rests in the jungles of Bannerghatta National Park south of Bangalore, India, on July 29, 2015. The number of tigers in the wild has increased by 40% since 2015 — largely due to improvements in their monitoring, according to the international organization The Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Ejaz Rahi / AFP

It’s the year of the tiger, and a new population assessment offers some hope for the endangered species.

An estimated 3,726 to 5,578 tigers currently live in the wild worldwide — a 40% increase from 2015, according to the New tiger review From the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

But much of the increase is due to improvements in animal control.

“A big part of that is somewhat 40% increase This is explained by the fact that we are better at counting them, and that many governments in particular have some sort of move in heaven and earth to conduct surveys on a large scale,” Luke Hunter, executive director of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Big Cat Program, said. for NPR.

WCS is a non-profit organization that has worked in nearly 60 countries around the world to save wildlife and wild places.

Besides better counting methods, Hunter also attributes the rise in tiger numbers to increased conservation efforts by governments in the countries in which they live.

Tigers are still considered endangered and remain on IUCN Red ListWhich assesses endangered species.

Tigers continue to decline in many parts of the world and have lost a huge amount of their range due to poaching, habitat loss and other human-driven factors.

Tigers are highly valued in the illegal wildlife trade, which has become a huge global industry, according to Hunter.

Although tigers are only one of many endangered species, efforts to conserve them can benefit regions and people within these communities, he says.

“When you succeed in saving or conserving tigers, you maintain a very large wild landscape, with a huge range of biodiversity but also a whole range of benefits for the human communities that live in and around those landscapes,” he said.

Hunter said he believes these kinds of assessments show that conservation interventions can work and tigers can begin to recover.

“Expanding and connecting protected areas, ensuring that they are managed effectively, and working with the local communities that live in and around tiger habitats, is critical to protecting the species,” the IUCN said in a statement.

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