Lonely Planet Writer

Tiger numbers dangerously low in Bangladesh Sundarbans

A new survey of tigers in the mangrove swamps of Sundarbans National Park in Bangladesh has found less than a quarter of the expected number of tigers in the reserve.

Sundarbans mangrove forest.
Sundarbans mangrove forest. Image by Sayamindu Dasgupta / CC BY-SA 2.0

The last census in 2004 found 440 tigers in the park, but the latest count found just 100 of the big cats. Experts have cited improved survey methods as one reason for the difference, but the population of tigers is well below the critical number for a genetically healthy breeding population. Read more: thedailystar.net