Villagers Improve Animal Forest Habitat

October 21, 2013 9:22 PM

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Tigers are rapidly declining across the globe as conservationists desperately try to bolster failing populations. Yet there may be some hope for these large, striped felines. It turns out that humans and tigers can coexist--at least in rural Nepal. Researchers have discovered that when Nepalese villagers are empowered to make local land management decisions, the resulting landscape changes can benefit both people and tigers.

Tigers face numerous potential conflicts with humankind. They require large areas for both hunting and raising their young. In addition, these felines inhabit some of the most densely populated regions of the world. Currently, there are just an estimated 3,000 tigers remaining in the wild.

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