Bringing Back the Tiger to Cambodia
Historically Cambodia's dry forests in the Eastern Plains supported diverse and abundant wildlife, including a large number of tigers. However, intensive poaching of both tigers and their prey lead to a rapid decline in the big cats. Today there are no longer any breeding populations of wild tigers in Cambodia and the species is considered functionally extinct.
WWF is supporting the Royal Government of Cambodia's plans to reintroduce tigers to the Eastern Plains Landscape. As one of the thirteen tiger range countries, Cambodia plays an important role in achieving Tx2 - the global goal to double wild tiger numbers by the year 2022.
The following pages provide in-depth information about the tiger reintroduction, including why it is important, what benefits it will bring to Cambodia and how exactly it will happen. Click on the links below to find out more:
- Why should tigers be reintroduced to Cambodia?
- Where will the tigers go?
- What is the process for the tiger reintroduction?
A pre-feasibility study into reintroducing tigers into the Eastern Plains Landscape was undertaken in 2013 by the IUCN and WWF. The reasons for tiger extirpation were examined and conditions for successful reintroductions identified. This study can be found opposite. Two peer-reviewed scientific papers monitoring and evaluating the densities of large ungulate species in the Eastern Plains Landscape can also be found. These ungulate species are a key source of prey for potential tigers, and it is from this data that a carrying capacity for tigers in the landscape was calculated.
For all the latest wild tiger news and information about how countries are working to double wild tiger numbers, visit WWF's tiger website.