Lonely Planet Writer

No breeding population means conservationists declare tigers officially extinct in Cambodia

Conservationists in Cambodia have declared the tiger ‘functionally extinct’ in that country, with no breeding populations remaining, and the last tiger captured on camera back in 2007.

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Tigers declared extinct in Cambodia. Image by Mathias Appel

The news comes in the wake of government plans to revive the tiger population by creating a protected habitat area and reintroducing wild tigers brought in from nearby countries. Tiger populations have plummeted across Asia due to poaching and habitat loss, prompting many countries to commit to taking efforts to double wild tiger numbers by 2022 .

Read more: theguardian.com