Tigers have been seen in western Thailand for the first time in four years, conservation groups announced Tuesday. In one shot, a curious tiger comes right up to the camera to check out the device.
"These tigers' repeated detections in new areas suggests suitable habitat and prey exists for this small but significant population". 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.
We are ready to help the other 13 countries with tiger ranges in conserving, capacity building and training in tiger conservation. But looking at the present state of our ecosystem and dwindling numbers of the big cats in question, did one know that thriving of tigers signified of a healthy ecosystem? The team now need to figure out if the cats are establishing territories in the region and to work out connected routes between Thailand's remaining patches of forest that will allow the tigers to roam safely.
The average life span of a tiger in the wild is about 11 years.
The illegal trade in protected wild animal species is worth billions of dollars. Tiger parts, such as bones and fur, are used in particular in traditional medicine.
The destruction of their habitats from logging and human encroachment has also contributed to the decline. Other countries are Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Some tiger species have already become extinct in Southeast Asia, such as the Java and Bali tigers.
Poachers, who kill the animals for their skin and parts, have also brought the Malayan tiger, which roams the forested central spine of the Malayan peninsula, to the brink of extinction.
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.
A Bengal tiger named Boomerang rests in the bush in Ranthambhore National Park in Jaipur, India, on January 4, 2012.
Other areas have fared poorly.
"Thailand is absolutely essential for tiger populations and tiger conservation", said Panthera's Hallam.
"These tigers are in a precarious situation", says Dr Simcharoen. "Sustained and stronger protection of this area from poaching activity of any kind is the key to ensuring these individuals live on".
Global conservationists untied for the scheme which sought to double the number of tigers worldwide by 2022 - the Chinese year of the tiger.
A tiger at a safari zoo in eastern Russian Federation.