Nepal is now often cited as a sucess story for conservation. Its Government announced it had achieved a milestone in conservation efforts on World Wildlife Day 2014, when it claimed “zero poaching of rhinos, tigers, and elephants for the year ending February 2014.
Protecting wildlife has become a top priority of the government and the army, frontline staff in national parks and reserves, police and local communities are working together across the major protected areas with tigers, Chitwan and Bardia national parks, and Parsa and Suklaphanta wildlife reserves, to crack down on wildlife criminals.
2013 camera tracking figures estimate that there are around 198 wild tigers across the country an increase of around 60% since a census in 2009. Although there is some cause for hope, counting of tigers has been fraught with inaccuracy and these 2009 are no difference so this is no time for complacency.
21st Century Tiger is working with ZSL Nepal in a project in an area adjacent to the Chitwan National Park.
The Parsa Wildlife Reserve and the Bara Forest have received scant conservation attention, despite the ability to accommodate the growing tiger population in the adjacent Chitwan National Park There is strong evidence to suggest that these areas are being used regularly by tigers. However, protection is lacking in the Bara forest, creating an easy target for tiger poachers. This ZSL project aims to tighten protection in this area using community based antipoaching units whilst monitoring the status of tigers and their prey.