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Wild tiger number increase in Nepal

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30 July 2013 by Luke McCormick

Wild tiger numbers in Nepal have increased by 63% to 198 since 2009, a government survey has found.

Nepalese officials described the findings as a "milestone" in the bid to double wild tiger numbers by 2022, an agreement made between South Asian government leaders at an international summit in 2010.

The survey, carried out this year assessed the Bengal tiger population across a 600-mile of Nepal and India, found numbers had increased in all of Nepal's national parks.

The survey covered the Terai Arc region, which spreads across the north Indian states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and into southern Nepal.

There are thought to be 2,000 tigers left worldwide, with 60% of them in India.

"Tigers are a part of Nepal's natural wealth and we are committed to ensuring these magnificent wild cats have the prey, protection and space to thrive," the director-general of Nepal's Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, Megh Bahadur Pandey, told the BBC.

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