Cambodia Looks To Import Indian Tigers To Revive Its Big Cat Population

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Deforestation and poaching have actually ravaged tiger numbers throughout Asia. (data)

Cambodia wants to import 4 tigers from India this year under a contract authorized with New Delhi focused on restoring the population of big pet cats in the kingdom, an ecological authorities stated Monday.

Cambodia’s completely dry woodlands were as soon as home to ratings of Indochinese tigers however guardians claim extensive poaching of both tigers and their target has actually ravaged their numbers.

The last discovery of a tiger in the Southeast Asian kingdom was from an electronic camera catch in 2007 and the pet cats were stated “functionally extinct” in Cambodia in 2016.

One man and 3 women tigers “could arrive in Cambodia at the end of 2024”, Khvay Atitya, representative for the setting ministry, informed AFP.

The pet cats will certainly be sent out to a 90-hectare (222-acre) woodland inside the Tatai Wildlife Sanctuary in western Koh Kong district to acclimatise prior to being launched right into the wild, he stated.

He did not offer information concerning what sort of tiger would certainly be imported from India.

Officials today started setting up greater than 400 video cameras at one-kilometre periods in the book in the Cardamom Mountains to keep an eye on wild animals, especially pets that tigers prey upon such as deer and boar, he stated.

The details from the video cameras “will help with breeding of tigers”, Khvay Atitya stated.

Twelve extra tigers will certainly be imported over the following 5 years if the job goes efficiently, he stated.

Deforestation and poaching have actually ravaged tiger numbers throughout Asia.

Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam have all shed their indigenous populaces, while Myanmar is believed to have simply 23 tigers left in the wild.

Cambodia and India authorized a memorandum of understanding in 2022 on bring back tigers and their environments.

India’s wild tiger population was approximated to have actually gone beyond 3,600, according to federal government numbers launched in 2014, adhering to a substantial preservation project.

(Except for the heading, this tale has actually not been modified by NDTV team and is released from a syndicated feed.)

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