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Scientists Report Nepal's Tiger Population Has Nearly Doubled In The Last Decade

By Koty Neelis

The tiger population in Nepal is making a major comeback. Thanks to concentrated conservation efforts to protect the endangered species in the last decade, Nepal is on track to become the first country to double its wild tiger population.

In the last four years alone, the number of tigers has grown nearly 20 percent, according to analysis performed by Nepal’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, along with conservation groups including Panthera and the Zoological Society of London. Scientists report there are now roughly 235 wild bengal tigers in Nepal compared to 2009 when only 120 of the large cats existed in the region.

Although 235 wild tigers in Nepal might not seem like a large number, environmentalists say this is a huge win for the endangered species. Actor and WWF-US board member Leonardo DiCaprio celebrated the news and explained why this is an important achievement in conservation.