For International Tiger Day, which falls on July 29 each year, Thai authorities said the population of wild tigers in the country has increased to 177. Currently, a new national-level tiger conservation plan is underway. preparation to replace its predecessor and contribute to the stable recovery of the wild tiger population.
The Department of National Parks, Fauna and Flora is working with several partners to establish a national plan of operations for tiger conservation, which will replace the plan currently in place and take effect from 2023-2034.
The representative of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Pratheep Mekatitam, said the COVID-19 pandemic and the unrest in Myanmar have required rehabilitation efforts for the tiger population in Thailand and Myanmar. . IUCN was redirecting budgets previously allocated to Myanmar towards increasing conservation efforts in Thailand.
Mr Pratheep said the comprehensive tiger conservation plan for Thailand will be presented at the leaders’ meeting on tiger conservation in Malaysia in late 2022, and at the upcoming World Tiger Summit in Russia.
Thailand’s wild tiger population is currently 177 people, which places the country second after India for the number of wild tigers and tiger habitat. Mr Pratheep said that the Smart Patrol system implemented in all of Thailand’s conservation forests has allowed the tiger population to grow steadily. (NNT)