Endangered Tigers Captured on Camera in Thailand Bolster Hope for Species' Survival

New tiger sightings in Thailand raise conservation hopes

Rare tiger sighting raises Southeast Asia conservation hopes

Panthera said that's because the tigers have been poached for the illegal wildlife trade, which still stands as the gravest threat to their survival.

World Animal Protection calls on the people of India to be responsible tourists, and not visit tiger entertainment venues or take tiger selfies.

Tiger numbers are making a "remarkable comeback" in five of the countries the species is found, scientists say.

"I salute the frontline staff for working hard and helping India in more than doubling the tiger population", he said. Launched ahead of the International Tiger Day on 29 July 2016, the report "Tiger selfies exposed: A portrait of Thailand's tiger entertainment industry" highlights the hidden cruelty and suffering in tiger entertainment venues across Thailand.

To celebrate the essence of this day, National Geographic showcased a 3-hour Tiger Day special stack on its sister channel Nat Geo WILD, giving a sneak-peek into the dramatic lives of the tigers in the country.

Tiger cubs who are separated from their mothers, two to three weeks after they are born Young cubs being presented to tourists, constantly viewed and mishandled hundreds of times a day, which can lead to stress and injury Tigers being punished using pain and fear in order to stop aggressive unwanted behaviour. "We're starting to see the recovery of tiger numbers in the area".

The International Tiger Day was first observed in 2010 during the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in Russian Federation to raise concerns about the declining numbers of the global tiger population that nearly left them on the brink of extinction and to encourage the execution of projects related to tiger conservation.

In April 1973, when the population of the tigers in India was nearing extinction, then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi established the National Tiger Conservation Authority, popularly known as Project Tiger.

"This is an achievement that not only offers a future for tigers in the wild, but for the landscapes they inhabit and the communities living alongside this iconic big cat".

He also said that despite having just 2.5 per cent of the world's total land mass, India has 8 per cent of the globe's bio-diversity and it is because of the culture that teaches co existence and respect for trees and animals, that despite having such limited resources people preserve the faura and fauna with heart. "Thailand, especially for the Indochinese tiger, is the last bastion of hope for recovering that species".

The chief of the wildlife research division for Thailand's DNP, Saksit Simcharoen, said the sightings were "encouraging for the future of tigers in our country and beyond".

In Thailand, the Tigers Forever programme hopes to revive the country's tiger populations by 50 per cent by 2022.

On human-wildlife conflicts, he said a number of humans die in it every year.

"To witness apex predators, like tigers, returning to forests means the ecosystem is recovering, which is good for all wildlife".

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