Around a century ago, an estimated 100,000 tigers roamed freely in the wild. By 2009, their population had dwindled to as few as 3200.
In 2010, after finally coming in terms with the fact that unless concrete steps were taken, tigers in fact could become extinct in the near future, global leaders and shapers came together to make a commitment for the first time – to double the global tiger population by 2022. The plan was broadly known as TX2 – standing for ‘Tigers times two’, a Global Tiger Recovery Plan.
World leaders from thirteen tiger range countries (TRCs- Nepal, Bhutan, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Russia, Bangladesh, India, Thailand and Laos) met in St Petersburg, Russia for an international tiger conservation forum.
Thus began a global effort to protect and double tigers. Nepal joined forces with WWF to strengthen community-based antipoaching and monitoring efforts, and by 2018 Nepal was well on its way to become the first country to double its number of tigers.
As per a December, 2021 tiger census, of which the results were announced today coinciding with the Global Tiger Day – Nepal has successfully doubled its number of tigers – from 121 tigers in 2010 to 355 tigers as December, 2021, marking an incredible feat for Nepal, tigers, and everyone associated in their conservation.