Things are apparently looking better for the wild tiger population here in Thailand according to the Director General of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation department who said efforts to increase the population of wild tigers in the kingdom have been successful, especially in the Huay Kha Khang wildlife sanctuary.
The announcement about the improving wild tiger population was made on March 3 which was the United Nations World Wildlife Day.
This year’s World Wildlife Day focused on “Big Cats” and the threat to their population in the wild.
A survey was carried out in 2012 focussing on the wild tiger population here in Thailand which estimated there was between 189-252 wild tigers in the kingdom of which 120 were living in the western forest region of Thailand.
Speaking on the successful efforts to increase tiger population it was highlighted that in 2012 there was 40 wild tigers in the Huay Kha Khaeng wildlife sanctuary compared to now where there is 60 to 65.
As well as efforts to increase the wild tiger population officials have increased checks and regulations at tiger farms all across the kingdom to prevent tigers from being smuggled or sold illegally and to make sure all are operating according to animal welfare regulations, currently there are 49 registered tiger farms in Thailand where 1,464 tigers live in captivity.
A database to monitor the tigers being kept in captivity has been established where officials have been collecting DNA and photographing each animal, the database is expected to be complete by the start of 2019.
Content : LovePattayaThailand