Despite conservation efforts and an increase in population in all of Nepal's national parks, the Bengal tiger remains an endangered species.
The total population of Bengal tigers across all of Nepal's national parks increased from 121 in 2009 to 198 this year, according to a recent survey.
However, there are thought to be less than 2,000 tigers left in the world, and 60% of them reside in India. As a result of this, South Asian governments have made a commitment to double their tiger population by 2022.
Nepalese officials have called the significant increase in their population a "milestone" achievement, and one park in particular, the south-western Bardia National Park, has seen a dramatic increase from just 18 in 2009 to 50 now.
Megh Bahadur Pandey, the director-general of Nepal's Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation said that tigers are a part of the country's natural wealth. He added that the organisation was committed to ensuring these magnificent wild cats have the prey, protection and space to thrive and increase their population further.
Despite the conservation efforts across Nepal, the species is still threatened by deforestation, habitat loss and poaching.
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