In what could be encouraging news for tigers this article claims they are making something of a comeback in parts of Asia. The director for Asia Programs at the Wildlife Conservation Society has praised India, Thailand and Russia for government initiatives which are helping tiger numbers. Six remaining species of tiger live in just 13 Asian countries but it is government commitment that is needed to make any conservation efforts a success.
In India there are strict anti poaching patrols in the Nagarahole and Bandipur National Parks as well as surveillance, scientific monitoring and the voluntary relocation of people away from tiger habitats. Russia is currently drafting a new law that makes the transport, sale and possession of endangered animals a criminal offence and closes a loophole that allows poachers to claim they have found endangered species like tigers already dead. They have also announced that they will create a new corridor for safe tiger passage to link tiger breeding strongholds in Russia and China. Thailand are also taking strong measures to tackle poaching and have increased enforcement and anti poaching patrols. It’s all good news but I can’t help noticing the absence of China in the article.