Tuesday, 2 September 2014

NEWSLINK: Vietnam faces pressing need for saving wild tigers

A 2011 survey by the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources showed that the number of wild tigers in Vietnam fell sharply, with between 27 – 47 individuals, recorded mainly in the Muong Nhe Nature Reserve, and the Pu Mat, Vu Quang, Chu Mom Ray and Yok Don national parks.

The main reason behind the situation is the poaching and illegal trading of tigers and their prey, which have yet been controlled by authorised agencies.

The big cat’s natural habitat is dwindling seriously due to men’s acts of cutting down forests for cultivable land, hydro-power plants, infrastructure, and mining.

It is reported that natural forests have shrunk from 43 percent of Vietnam’s land area in late 20th century to 17 percent at present.

Since the 1960s, the country was aware of the importance of conserving wildlife, adopting an ordinance to ban the hunt of wild animals.

It added tigers along with many other species to the list of those in need of protection and summoned numerous resources for the work.

However, a host of problems remain, hindering efforts to save the big cat, so are different viewpoints from national to international scales on how to conserve it.

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