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The Wildlife Conservation Society and the Panthera Foundation announced
plans to establish a 5,000 mile-long "genetic corridor" from Bhutan to
Burma that would allow tiger populations to roam freely across
landscapes. The corridor, first announced at the United Nations on
January 30th, would span eight countries and represent the largest block
of tiger habitat left on earth.
Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, director of Science and Exploration Programs at
the Wildlife Conservation Society, said that genetic corridors, where
tigers can travel with less risk of inbreeding, are crucial for their
long-term survival in Asia. The proposed corridor includes extensive
areas of Bhutan, northeast India, Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia, along
with potential connectivity to Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. It has
already been endorsed by the new King of Bhutan, his Majesty Jigme
Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, who requested other heads of state to support
Rabinowitz, the co-director of Tigers Forever -- a WCS/Panthera
Foundation collaboration -- made a clear request at the recent UN
meeting that he and other tiger conservationists would be seeking
additional approval and assistance from other heads of state.
"While Asia's economic tigers are on the rise, wild tigers in Asia
are in decline," Rabinowitz said. "Much like the call-out for global
agreements on banning tiger parts in trade, a similar cross-border
initiative for genetic corridors is key to the survival of the tiger.
Tiger range states need to work together, as tigers do not observe
political borders nor do they require a visa or passport to travel where
habitat and prey remain."
Rabinowitz said corridors did not have to be pristine parkland but
could in fact include agricultural areas, ranches, and other multi-use
landscapes -- just as long as tigers could use them to travel between
"We're not asking countries to set aside new parks to make this
corridor a success," Rabinowitz said. "This is more about changing
regional zoning in tiger range states to allow tigers to move more
freely between areas of good habitat."
Twelve of 13 tiger range states were represented by ambassadors and
delegates at the UN meeting. Other organizations working to save the
tiger came out in force, including representatives from the National
Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Save the Tiger Fund, Conservation
International, Rare Conservation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service. Actress Glenn Close was in attendance and spoke at the event.
Tigers Forever was launched in 2006 as a bold plan to grow tiger
numbers by 50 percent at key sites over a ten year period. This increase
is being achieved through collecting baseline data and long-term
scientific monitoring of tigers, their prey, and their threats, to
ensure that the goals can be met. Key threats are the direct killing of
tigers, poaching of tiger prey, and habitat loss -- all of which are
being targeted and mitigated.
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