全球老虎剩3千隻 「虎王」五國勤普查救族群



Moni Sertel
昔日稱霸叢林的老虎,如今已是瀕臨滅絕的物種。圖片來源:Moni Sertel。(CC BY-SA 2.0)

真的是瀕危物種 全球只剩3000隻老虎

老虎(Panthera tigris)在世界自然保育聯盟(IUCN)紅色名錄上被列為瀕危物種。最近一次2010年的統計,全球老虎數量只剩3200隻。


在今年的世界老虎日,IUCN總幹事Inger Andersen表示:「目前僅存的老虎族群皆是孤立族群,同時,亞洲藥材市場驅動的盜獵活動、棲地流失破碎以及獵物被人類獵殺等生存壓力有增無減。隨著棲地附近的居民增加,森林資源也日益縮水。老虎的糧食逐漸減少,不得不以人類的牲畜為食,導致人虎衝突增加。人類受攻擊後報復性屠殺老虎的事件越發頻繁,而重要繁殖個體被殺後,老虎的次族群也難以維繫了。」



IUCN在德國政府和德國發展銀行的協助下,於2014年啟動老虎棲地保育整合計畫(Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme),第一波專案將於接下來幾天展開,以促進全球的保育活動。


普查做得好 不丹等國被封虎王






岌岌可危 東南亞老虎可能全區滅絕



WWF老虎生存計畫主持人Mike Baltzer說:「東南亞的老虎族群岌岌可危。東南亞國家尚未清查老虎數量,再不立即採取行動,恐任憑老虎滅絕。這些國家政治支援很少,資源更少,同時盜獵和棲地流失嚴重,當局可說是不見棺材不掉淚。」





Global Tiger Day 2015 Finds Tiger Numbers Shrinking
GLAND, Switzerland, July 29, 2015 (ENS)

Today is Global Tiger Day, and across the world people are pausing to recognize that 97 percent of all wild tigers disappeared during the 20th century, when numbers dropped from about 100,000 in 1913 to roughly 3,000 today.

The tiger, Panthera tigris, is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species maintained by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The last global estimate in 2010 put numbers at 3,200. Today wild tiger numbers are unknown, although all tiger countries have committed to issuing a new global tiger figure in 2016.

IUCN Director General Inger Andersen said today, “Remaining populations are now isolated and under increasing pressure from poaching for the Asian medicine trade, habitat loss and fragmentation, and the loss of the tiger’s prey species which people hunt for subsistence. As the communities living in and around important tiger habitats continue to grow, so too does the pressure on shrinking forest resources.”

“Because their food sources are increasingly limited, tigers are forced to prey on livestock, bringing them into conflict with local communities,” Andersen explained. “Attacks on people are on the rise and in many parts of the species’ range, retaliatory tiger killings by enraged communities are becoming more frequent, with the loss of key animals important for breeding and maintaining tiger subpopulations.”

“Resolving this human-tiger conflict epitomizes the challenge of modern-day conservation,” said Andersen, “how to allow people and wildlife to live side by side, to benefit from each other. ”

IUCN, with the support of the German Government and in partnership with the German Development Bank KfW, began the Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme in 2014 and the first projects will be launched in the coming days, to help boost global efforts.

These projects will focus on monitoring tiger and prey populations and securing habitat corridors to connect isolated populations. Projects will engage local communities, especially indigenous communities, to ensure that the activities are compatible with the sustainable development of their livelihoods.

To keep tigers from disappearing into extinction, countries where wild tigers live are counting their animals.

Today, Bhutan announced that it is inhabited by 103 tigers, an increase over the previous estimate of 75. Bhutan’s first national tiger survey puts the mountainous Asian country on the list of countries the conservation group WWF calls “tiger champions,” along with Nepal, India, Russia and Bangladesh.

Bhutan’s tiger count comes days after Bangladesh released numbers from its first national tiger survey, which counted 106 wild tigers, a lower figure than the previous estimate.

WWF says national tiger surveys are a crucial step in the goal to double wild tiger numbers by 2022, but warns that Southeast Asia is facing a crisis, and tigers could go extinct across the region.

Even so, many Southeast Asian countries are still not conducting surveys.

“There is a tiger crisis in Southeast Asia. Countries are not counting their tigers and are at risk of losing them if immediate action isn’t taken,” said Mike Baltzer, WWF Tigers Alive Initiative Leader. “Political support is weaker and resources are fewer, while poaching and habitat loss are at critical levels. Until countries know the reality on the ground they can’t take the appropriate action to protect their tigers.”

This year, experts from Malaysia suggested that tiger numbers there have fallen from their previous estimate of 500 in 2010 to as few as 250 individuals.

There are thought to be no breeding populations of tigers in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, and tiger numbers are unknown for Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar.

“WWF is calling on all Southeast Asian tiger countries to count their tigers and on the global tiger conservation community to focus efforts in these critical Southeast Asian countries,” continued Baltzer.

WWF sees reasons to hope for better information soon. Thailand’s government is meeting to assess the status of the country’s wild tigers, the Malaysian government recently announced its intention to conduct the first national tiger survey, and the Cambodian government is discussing the reintroduction of tigers, with WWF’s support.

In some countries tiger numbers are increasing, says WWF. In January, India released its latest tiger census results showing an increase to 2,226 from 1,706 in 2010. In May, Russia’s latest survey found as many as 540 tigers, while Nepal’s last survey in 2013 found that tigers had increased from 155 in 2008 to 198. There are positive indications of tigers settling and breeding in northeastern China. 

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