Kathmandu: Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio has congratulated Nepal for achieving an impressive milestone in tiger conservation.
“Nepal has announced that the country has achieved its global commitment, made in the 2010 Year of the Tiger, to double the country’s wild tiger population by 2022. Congratulations to #Nepal for this impressive milestone,” he said in a post on social media.
“It’s an incredible achievement and testament to the conservation efforts of the government, partners like World Wildlife Fund, and local communities over the last 12 years,” DiCaprio added.
Stressing the need for more focus on safe co-existence between people and predators, he welcomed the launch of “Prime Minister Human Wildlife Rescue and Relief Fund”.
Nepal has become the first country to double the population of wild tigers. In accordance with the commitment, it made at the first Global Tiger Summit in St. Petersburg in 2010, Nepal has successfully doubled the number of tigers in its country by the year 2022.
As per the latest Tiger Census that was held in December 2021, Nepal is home to 355 tigers. The new figure was announced by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba at a program organized in Kathmandu on Friday to mark International Tiger Day.
As per the government, there were 121 tigers in Nepal in 2010. The number increased to 198 in 2013 and 235 in 2018.