Forest Conservation, Poaching Key Issues
A national tiger conservation program was approved by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. The plan calls for establishing priority areas for tiger conservation and researching the feasibility of tiger populations recovering, as well as for strengthening inspections and activities in fighting against conservation violations, according to the posting.
As noted in the reported at the Tiger Forum in 2004, Vietnam’s tigers lived in 17 provinces at the time, but they were living in fragmented and severely degraded forest areas. That assessment was accurate and those conditions have left tigers scrambling for survival.
The Vietnamese tiger (Panthera tigris corbettii) also is known as the Indochinese tiger. They are classified as Critically Endangered (CR) species by the World Conservation Union (IUCN).
Poaching and deforestation may have reduced Vietnam’s wild tiger population to fewer than 50 from more than 100 a decade earlier, Thanh Nien newspaper reported in 2012. Surveys found traces of between 27 and 47 tigers, mostly in border areas in central Vietnam, according to the report.
While tigers are native to Vietnam and aren’t classified as extinct in the country, the Southeast Asian nation may no longer have a healthy breeding population of the animal, according to a posting on the website of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
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