According to the 2009 tiger census, there were 121 wild tigers in Nepal which increases to 198 in 2013 and 235 in 2018. The total number of tigers has increased by 120 in the last four years. The latest tiger census report shows that there are 128 tigers in Chitwan National Park, 125 in Bardiya National Park, 41 in Parsa National Park, 25 in Banke National Park and 36 in Shuklaphanta National Park, totaling the number of 355.
Why tigers matter
As the world’s largest cat and an apex predator, tigers play a significant role in the structure and function of the ecosystem on which both humans and wildlife rely. They are a “landscape” species, needing large areas with diverse habitats, free from human disturbance and rich in prey. Success or failure means more than securing the future of a single iconic species.
double tiger numbers
The tiger is deeply rooted at the heart of many traditional cultures across Asia. A symbol of strength and power, this iconic big cat is revered among communities. But 12 years ago, the future of this cultural icon was uncertain with populations at a historic low.So Nepal played a leadership role in the global commitment to double wild tiger numbers.
Nepal has proven that with political will, community leadership, and the right conservation measures, doubling tiger numbers is possible. But the work isn’t over and progress remains fragile. Nepal is evidence as to why we need robust and measurable goals focused on living with tigers and range expansion in order to ensure the future of this iconic big cat.
who has supported for these achievements
the country’s efforts to tackle poaching, which was once the greatest threat to tigers in Nepal. Protecting tigers can protect other species, too. Thanks to groups such as the protected areas patrolling units and community-based anti poaching units In Nepal, ITHCP provided grant support to WWF and ZSL to work on tiger recovery, habitat management, human-wildlife conflict mitigation, livelihood improvement etc in the Chitwan National Park, Bardiya National Park, Parsa National Park, Banke National Park and Shuklaphanta National Park.