Target: Nepal Conservation Minister Tek Bahadur Thapa Gharti
Goal: Commend outstanding conservation programs combating poaching and promoting responsible management of forests to conserve Royal Bengal tigers
A century ago, many thousands of tigers roamed the forests of Nepal, India, and Bangladesh. Their populations have drastically declined since then, with only around 3,000 wild tigers left in the world. Increased destruction of tigers’ forest habitat and poaching them for their skins, teeth, bones, and organs have threatened wild tigers with extinction. Fortunately Nepal has stepped up to save its remaining tigers with intensified anti-poaching efforts and improved management of tiger habitat, including the creation and monitoring of wildlife corridors for Royal Bengal tigers, which allow them to safely roam, mate, and find food.
A recent survey has reported a 64 percent increase of wild Royal Bengal tigers in Nepal. Four years ago there were only 121 individuals in the forest but now there are 198, illustrating the improved conservation efforts in this region. Nepal has pledged to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022, a highly admirable conservation goal. The World Wildlife Fund is leading Nepal’s tiger population recovery by implementing a series of conservation and anti-poaching programs. These programs not only mandate wildlife protection, but they effectively engage people in the community to be a part of conservation.
Volunteers from the community have set up cameras to monitor animals. The placement of more than 500 cameras in five protected areas and three wildlife corridors enable conservationists and wildlife experts to complete surveys to count individual tigers and monitor the success of conservation programs. Sufficient policing of national parks by anti-poaching patrols, made possible by maintaining thirty-one anti-poaching bases, and enforcement of anti-poaching laws provide tigers with protection from wildlife trafficking. Villagers also work as informants of law enforcement, alerting wardens to hunting and dealing activities.
Better management of tiger habitats in Nepal will increase its number of Royal Bengal tigers. Local people are managing community forests and have even helped to install biogas, a renewable fuel, to reduce the need for firewood in order to conserve important tiger habitat. Please sign this petition to congratulate Nepal and the World Wildlife Fund for their outstanding efforts to save tigers from extinction.
Dear Conservation Minister Tek Bahadur Thapa Gharti,
I would like to commend Nepal for pledging to increase the amount of tigers in the wild and for working closely with the World Wildlife Fund to engage the local community with the conservation of these exquisite creatures. The series of conservation and anti-poaching programs implemented by Nepal and the World Wildlife Fund are impressively successful and inspire conservationists around the world.
Tougher legal action against poachers, who can be caught on cameras installed by community volunteers, has the potential to be a major deterrent for those who are involved in the illegal trafficking of wildlife. Increasing anti-poaching patrols of the forest and corridors will help to prevent and catch violations. Without implementation of wildlife protection laws, there is little hope for ending the trade of tiger parts. I applaud the anti-poachers who heroically risk their safety by serving as wardens, guards, and informants working against armed criminals.
The establishment of wildlife corridors is essential for protecting the range of Royal Bengal tigers in Nepal. Tigers need to run freely between fragmented parks in order to mate and catch their prey. Please continue to have your villagers responsibly manage the Nepal Forest with protected wildlife corridors so that tigers have enough space to roam and find food. Offering solutions for conflicts with livestock and humans, such as the use of predator-proof corrals and housing will also improve the reputation of wild tigers in Nepal. I encourage you to continue to engage the community with conservation actions to reduce habitat destruction. Thank you for your amazing conservation efforts that are saving these iconic animals from extinction.
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