Saving Space for Tigers on a Crowding Planet

res. In Thailand’s Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary, where I conducted the first field research on Indochinese tigers and other big cats in the 1990s, our partners at the Wildlife Conservation Society have found that building stronger, local informant networks and ramping up unpredictable, frontline enforcement patrols in vulnerable areas has significantly increased early detection and arrests for tiger poaching. [I covered one particularly interesting arrest involving a poacher’s cell phone photographs.] These efforts are helping to grow tiger populations and we’re seeing an expansion of the tigers’ use of habitat in the region. We’re seeing similar, encouraging results in other Tigers Forever project sites in Indonesia, Malaysia, andIndia….

In Northeast India’s Namdapha Tiger Reserve, long considered an ‘empty forest’ due to widespread poachin

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