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'Miraculous' find of rare tigers in Thailand


Posted on Thursday, 30 March, 2017 | Comment icon 6 comments

A young Indochinese tiger. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 R. Altenkamp
Scientists have confirmed the discovery of ten ultra-rare Indochinese tigers in Thailand's eastern jungle.
Four females and six cubs belonging to the near-critically endangered species have been picked up on hidden trail cameras - a find that conservationists have referred to as "miraculous".

The Indochinese tiger is so rare that only 350 individuals are thought to be left in the whole world.

"It provides a little bit of hope that potentially, we no longer have all of our eggs in one basket," said conservationist Eric Ash. "That really can only happen if tigers have effective, sufficient amount of prey and if they have sufficient protection."

Around 221 of the tigers roam the wilds of Thailand and Burma while the rest are thought to be clinging on in parts of southern China, Cambodia and Laos.

"The Thai forestry department proved that with protection you can not only bring tigers back, but now the western forest complex, specifically Huai Kha Khaeng, is a global model of tiger conservation," said Alan Rabinowitz of conservation organization Panthera.

"It is one of the best protected and best tiger areas left in the world. They can do this now in the eastern forest complex as they've done in the western forest complex."

Source: Independent | Comments (6)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Claire. on 29 March, 2017, 21:25
I'm so glad the Indochinese tigers are rebounding. They are such beautiful animals.
Comment icon #2 Posted by glorybebe on 29 March, 2017, 21:27
Nice to hear they are finding animals instead of more dying.
Comment icon #3 Posted by seanjo on 30 March, 2017, 17:18
And at least one male somewhere if there are cubs. I wouldn't use the word miraculous.
Comment icon #4 Posted by strunk64 on 31 March, 2017, 2:15
I think the miraculous part is that some "hunter" hasn't made a trophy of them yet. The rhino wasn't even safe in the zoo. (edited because the text didn't all show up)
Comment icon #5 Posted by Mark56 on 1 April, 2017, 19:22
I remember a story(when I was in the USMC many years ago) told to me by an old Gunnery Sergeant about some Marines in Vietnam that set up an ambush on a trail in the very early morninghours. During an ambush, you have to have absolute silence and no movingabout. Sometime during the night one of the Marines was suddenly grabbed by one of his legs and began to be dragged backwards. It turned out to be a Bengal Tiger. He tried stabbing the tiger with his Ka-Bar knifesubsequentlyscaring it away and not giving away their position. A fantasic story, not sure if it was an urban myth or not, b... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by Orphalesion on 2 April, 2017, 21:22
Awesome! Any animal species recovering their numbers and reclaiming their environment is good news. Well it's Lion Jesus, not Tiger Jesus, haven't you read the Narnia books? Though the is an old poem called "Christ the Tiger"


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