Last Saturday, a previously lost and wounded wild male tiger was successfully translocated from Nepal’s Chitwan National Park to Bardia National Park, a first for the Asian country.
The translocation of the satellite-collar fitted tiger was led by the government of Nepal with support from the World Wildlife Fund Nepal (WWF-Nepal). The recent effort helps Nepal get closer to its goal of doubling the tiger population by the next Chinese calendar ‘Year of the Tiger’ in 2022.
“This translocation—the first of its kind in Nepal—is a concrete example of our commitment to saving wild tigers using the best science available, including the application of cutting-edge technologies,” said Minister of Forest and Soil Conservation of Nepal, Deepak Bohara. “I am confident that by working together the global community can reach the goals we set ourselves at the recently concluded tiger summit to save tigers to benefit people, nations and nature.”
“WWF is pleased to have played a part in the pioneering tiger translocation led by the Government of Nepal,” said Anil Manandhar, WWF-Nepal’s Country Representative. “As a global conservation organization, we have been part of the Nepal’s evolving conservation landscape—from species protection to the successful Terai Arc Landscape—for over four decades, and remain committed to working together with our partners to help save nature for future generations."
Bardia National Park is located in the Babai valley, representing the Tiger Conservation Unit and is the home of two of the last known herds of wild Asian elephants.