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Hope for Tigers

February 24, 2016

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Photo Credit: Government of Thailand/WCS Thailand

Enhanced protection measures are paying off for a population of tigers in Thailand, a new study shows. And the researchers feel there is reason to be even more optimistic looking ahead.

In 2006, the Government of Thailand, in collaboration with WCS, established an intensive patrol system in Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary (HKK) to curb the poaching of tigers and their prey, and to recover what is possibly the largest remaining "source" population of wild tigers in mainland Southeast Asia.

It seems to be working. From 2005-2012, researchers monitored the population and identified 90 individual tigers and an improvement in tiger survival and recruitment over time.

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