Global Tiger Day is being celebrated in Nepal

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Kathmandu, July 13 – Global Tiger Day is also being celebrated in Nepal today with various programs. This year’s theme of the day is ‘Human-Tiger Coexistence’.

Since 2010, ‘World Tiger Day’ has been celebrated on July 29 every year to show the importance of tiger conservation. Spotted tigers are found in 13 countries of the world.

The countries where tigers are found are Nepal, India, China, Bhutan, Russia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Laos. On the occasion of the day, the Ministry of Forests and Environment has organized a special program at the zoo in Jawalakhel, Lalitpur. Similarly, the ministry is announcing a 10-year action plan for tiger conservation.

Ajay Karki, Deputy Director General of Wildlife and National Department, has emphasized the issue of human-tiger conflict management with the increase in the number of tigers in the action plan.

The first conference held in St. Petersburg in 2010 pledged to double the number of tigers by 2022.  However, Nepal has increased the number of tigers more than the target, i.e. triple the number of tigers during that period. According to the census of 2009, the number of tigers in Nepal was 121.

The latest census conducted in 2022 showed that the number of tigers in Nepal has now increased to 355. According to Ajay Karki, deputy director general of the department, the highest number of tigers is 128 in Chitwan National Park.  Karki said that there are 125 tigers in Bardia National Park, 25 in Banke National Park, 41 in Parsa National Park and 36 in Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve.

With the increase in numbers, 58 people have lost their lives in tiger attacks in the last five years alone.

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