Yesterday, around 50 officials from various organizations walked five km along with the agriculture minister, Lyonpo Dr Pema Gyamtsho, through the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Park (JDWNP)
for the cause of the remaining tigers in Bhutan and to strengthen the protection of the cat and its habitats across the country.
The number of tigers in world has declined from 100,000 to a shocking drop of 3500 within a span of a century.
Therefore, World Wildlife Fund in Bhutan has taken a step towards preventing the dwindling of tigers in Bhutan by initiating the walk.
Lyonpo said that “in order to have a successful conservation program we have to solicit the participation and support of all across sections of our society”
“That is why this walk-shop was conceived so that different stakeholders can experience the sights and sounds of nature while discussing the challenges and opportunities for a successful program.
WWF’s Conservation Director Vijay Moktan said “Tiger walk-shop is a small reminder to all of us who are concerned and want to save this iconic animal from extinction. In many ways since we humans have created the problem, it becomes our responsibility to find a solution”.
Talking to the chief forest officer of the JDWNP, Phuntsho Thinley, he said since the ‘Tiger summit’ was held in St Petersburg in Russia in 2010, Bhutan has been reworking on several areas to strengthen the tiger population and its habitats across the country. That includes introduction of protected areas and wildlife Bill, initiation of dialogue for effective Indo-Bhutan trans-boundary cooperation in wildlife protection, national level monitoring of tiger population and its prey density, and numerous human-tiger conflict initiatives.
Jigme Dorji National Park is a recognized tiger habitat and offers the ideal ambience for a constructive debate on this issues concerning tiger conservation in Bhutan.
Zeko, a representative from Tango monastery said that he is happy as many civil servants are concerned about tigers in Bhutan which according to Buddhism were also very precious and special animals during olden days.