Posted on 28 September 2022

We warmly welcome news that Nepal has successfully doubled its tiger population to an estimated 355 individuals – an increase of more than 190% since 2009. This success comes after longstanding efforts by many partners, including WWF, to maintain and protect key tiger habitats in the country. Nepal is one of 13 countries, where tigers still roam or have recently become extinct, who agreed in 2010 to double wild tiger numbers by 2022. Numbers had reached an all-time low due to threats such as habitat destruction and poaching so we are delighted to see WWF-backed action in Nepal and other countries paying off: a win-win for people and nature as protecting tiger habitat provides many benefits for wildlife, the climate and the billions of people who depend on these landscapes for clean air, fresh water and more. Sadly, however, historic tiger threats have not gone away and the species now likely to be extinct in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam. Our conservation efforts must therefore continue.