There could finally be some good news for endangered tigers, as experts believe their population could rapidly rise in the coming years.
According to a report from the Daily Mail, scientists are predicting that the global tiger population could treble in the next 20 years, in case their habitats are restored.
Unfortunately, tiger numbers decimated a lot over the course of the last century, mainly due to logging and deforestation. According to the WWF (World Wildlife Fund), only about 3,200 wild tigers are left in Asia, which is a 97 per cent less than 100 years ago.
These numbers are pretty alarming, scientists say. However, a satellite image study by the University of Minnesota discovered that there’s enough wild habitat left to allow tiger population to double by 2022. “Our analysis indicates that enough wild habitat remains to allow a range-wide doubling of the wild tiger population,” the researchers wrote in the Science Advances journal.
The team of researchers, led by Dr Anup Joshi, studied 14 years’ worth of satellite images from 13 different countries. They were expecting the habitat loss to be much higher than 7.7 per cent, which was the actual number they observed. If people start restoring the most deforested landscapes and start taking other similar steps in making sure the nature stays intact, Dr Joshi and his team claim that the global tiger population “could approach a trebling in the next two decades.” Let’s hope so!