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Bhutan is one of the top 10 biodiversity hotspots with the highest species density in the world. Bhutan also has one of the highest proportion of area under protected area system (51 percent) with over 70 percent forest cover. WWF Bhutan’s conservation strategy is aligned to global conservation priorities on minimising ecological footprints and traditional biodiversity conservation works for priority species and landscapes. WWF Bhutan is associated with two Global Initiatives (GIs) and the Asia High Mountains in the region:


The Living Himalayas Initiative (LHI)

WWF Bhutan partners with LHI to bring transformational conservation impact in the three Eastern Himalayan countries of Bhutan, India (North-East) and Nepal. The Eastern Himalayas is one of the world’s most biodiversity rich regions. This biodiversity - along with livelihoods, traditions and ways of life of local communities – is underpinned by the ecological health of the major rivers that it feeds.


Tigers Alive Initiative (TAI)

WWF Bhutan contributes to TAI’s goal of effective management of 13 priority tiger landscapes through enhanced protection, connectivity, monitoring and financing of critical core areas and corridors.


Asia High Mountains (AHM)

WWF Bhutan works closely with AHM in implementing climate change adaptation actions. Through the program, WWF Bhutan has been promoting better agricultural and grazing practices and other climate-smart initiative with the communities and snow leopard in the ranges of central Bhutan.

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A Perfect Match!

It  was like any other regular working day that spring in 2013 for park manager Kezang Wangchuk as he reviewed hundreds of tiger images captured by camera traps set at the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (JSWNP) in central Bhutan.  

He was looking at the picture of an adult tiger and he thought there was something familiar about it. He then realized that it was the same tiger whose pictures were captured as a cub with its mother in July 2012 between the Royal Manas National Park (RMNP) and Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary (PWS) in southern Bhutan.  

To confirm if the adult tiger was the same tiger cub, Kezang and his team of foresters immediately sat down to compare the stripes.  “It was a perfect match. We were looking at a full-grown young and healthy male tiger,”said Kezang adding that it was a significant documentary evidence of how the survival and movement of the tiger from the south to central region was enabled by Bhutan’s rich forest cover and biological corridors.  It is also an encouraging indication for tiger conservationists that their efforts in protecting tiger habitats and antipoaching and retaliatory killings have come to fruition.  

Bhutan is part of the Tx2 initiative, which is a global governmental goal to double the number of wild tigers by 2022.  Bhutan, along with the other 12 tiger range countries, committed to this goal after it was found that the global tiger population was only 3,200 as of 2010. By 2016, the 13 tiger range countries will need to update their tiger numbers to check their progress towards the Tx2 goal.  In February 2014, Bhutan launched its  nationwide tiger survey, which will provide important information on the population density of tigers, their distribution pattern and habitat status in the country. 
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Royal Bengal Tiger
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