There is hope in other remaining Indochinese tiger habitats, which have a relatively low human presence and offer a unique opportunity for tiger conservation. The best hope of the survival of this subspecies is in the Dawna Tennaserim landscape on the Thailand-Myanmar border where perhaps 250 tigers remain. WWF considers the forests of the Lower Mekong a restoration landscape with the possibility of reintroducing tigers as the habitat and prey base are there. Southern Laos and Central Vietnam also have potential for recovery of wild tiger populations.
Access to the areas where Indochinese tigers live is often restricted, and biologists have only recently been granted limited permits for field surveys. As a result, there is still much to learn about the status of these tigers in the wild.
|Common Name||Indochinese Tiger|
|Scientific Name||Panthera tigris corbetti|
|Population||around 350 (2010 estimate)|
|Length||Average of nine feet from nose to tail|
|Habitats||Tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests, dry forest|
Saving tigers is simple. All they need is enough prey, space and protection. The difficult part is securing unswerving long-term commitment from the world to save this species.
What WWF is doing
WWF carries out research and surveys to identify tiger habitat, tiger prey and tiger population numbers. We work to improve habitat conditions so that both tigers and their prey populations will naturally increase. We also train protected area personnel and rangers to carry out surveys, and to effectively manage protected areas where tigers are found.
Protecting tigers and their habitats
WWF engages with local authorities and communities living in proximity to tiger areas so that people and tigers can coexist. We also conduct public awareness in Thailand and Cambodia about tigers and the threats they face.
Working with local communities
WWF actively seeks the establishment of formal protection in areas where tigers are found and still lack effective protection. In Thailand, WWF concentrates its work within the Dawna Tennaserim landscape that shares its borders with Myanmar. In Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, we focus on the Lower Mekong dry forests.
Establishing tiger landscapes
WWF works to enforce zero tolerance for tiger poaching across Asia. We help create dedicated enforcement units in each landscape and install the best new technologies to help local agencies achieve maximum results. We invest in stronger law enforcement by improving the effectiveness of wildlife rangers, training personnel from enforcement agencies and empowering community patrols and enforcement networks. WWF continues to work with TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, to stop tiger parts and products from being channeled into black markets in Asia.
Stopping poaching and illegal wildlife trade
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