It is with heavy heart that I inform you that tigers have just been declared “functionally extinct” in Cambodia. This means that while there may still be a few stragglers, there are likely no more breeding populations in that country.
Tigers have been hit hard by poaching (mostly for the Traditional Asian Medicine trade), prey depletion, and habitat loss/fragmentation. The first two threats are the major culprits in Cambodia. However, last month the Cambodian government approved a plan to reintroduce these magnificent cats to its ancient forests. They’re already talking with other tiger range countries to acquire a few wild individuals for reintroduction.
You can read more about this sad news in my newest blog post.