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Double or Nothing: Nepal launches save tiger campaign

Feb 15, 2010

To mark year 2010 as year of Tiger, Nepal launched a campaign yesterday to double tiger population in the country. It pledged to increase tiger population from current 300 to 600 by the beginning of the next decade with intensified conservation efforts and control poaching.

Kathmandu, Nepal: World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Nepal on Sunday launched its campaign with the slogan “Double or Nothing: Save the wild tigers and save so much more!” to conserve tigers worldwide.

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The campaign “2010 year of the Tiger” aims to raise emergency funds to stop poaching, protect tiger habitat at an unprecedented scale, and clamp down on the tiger trade world-wide.

The campaign began with rallies being organised by eco club students in eight Terai districts of Nepal. Drawing and painting competitions on tiger conservation were also organised by the students in their schools.

“We highly appreciate the government of Nepal’s commitment to establish Banke National Park expanding the tiger habitat in the west, establish National Tiger Conservation Authority and Wildlife Crime Control Bureau to control poaching,” Anil Manandhar, Country Representative of the WWF Nepal, said in a statement.

Throughout the year of the Tiger, awareness activities will be organised to raise awareness and achieve the goal of doubling the tiger numbers. The campaign is being supported by WWF's conservation partners in Nepal.

“There are only an estimated 3,200 tigers left in the wild, and they face increasing threats including habitat loss and illegal trade,” the WWF Nepal said, adding that there are 121 adult tigers in Nepal and the tiger numbers have plummeted in the western Nepal.

Intensify conservation efforts

The country pledged to increase its tiger population from current 300 to 600 by the beginning of the next decade with intensified conservation efforts and steps to control poaching.

There are some 121 breeding tiger population in Nepal and the total number of tigers are estimated to be 300, said Anil Manandhar, country director of WWF Nepal, during a press meet organised to launch the 'save tiger' campaign.

Despite the decade-long conflict that made conservation efforts tougher, Nepal has maintained the tiger population from 123 in 1998 to 221 in 2010, he said.

"We need to focus on three things to increase the tiger population, proper management of tiger habitat, preservation of tigers' prey animals and controlling illegal poaching," he pointed out.

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