Biodiversity and Conservation

, Volume 28, Issue 14, pp 4115–4118 | Cite as

Increasing tiger mortality in Nepal: a bump in the road?

  • Shivish Bhandari
  • Uttam Babu Shrestha
  • Achyut AryalEmail author
Letter to the Editor

Tiger populations in Nepal increased from 121 in 2009 to around 235 in 2018 (Jaznkya 2018). If this trend continues, Nepal could be the first country to double its national tiger population under the T × 2 goal of doubling the world’s tiger population by 2022 set at the World Tiger Submit in 2010 in St Petersburg, Russia. Despite some doubts in the number of tigers estimated and criticism with the questionable census method (Dixit 2018; Karanth et al. 2011), the reported increase brings optimism for the future of this endangered species, and for Nepal’s conservation success. Changes in tiger conservation policies and programmes, the establishment of a new protected area, control of illegal hunting and poaching, and increased private funding and capacity building are regarded as major contributing factors for the increase in the tiger population (Karki et al. 2011; GON 2013; Dixit 2018). Despite this success, the challenges of tiger conservation in Nepal have increased considerably...



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Austin Peay State UniversityClarksvilleUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Agriculture and the EnvironmentUniversity of Southern QueenslandDarling HeightsAustralia
  3. 3.Global Institute for Interdisciplinary StudiesKathmanduNepal
  4. 4.Department of Forest and Resource ManagementToi Ohomai Institute of TechnologyRotoruaNew Zealand
  5. 5.Faculty of Science, Charles Perkins Centre, School of Life and Environmental SciencesThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  6. 6.Basefe Training LimitedAucklandNew Zealand
  7. 7.Save Dot International LimitedAucklandNew Zealand

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