Bhutan continues to show great promise for the endangered Bengal tiger. Ongoing conservation and protection works by the government of Bhutan and conservation partners, and the general abundance of a myriad prey species within large contiguous habitat allow for Bhutan’s mountain tigers to thrive. According to biologists from the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE), the female tiger in the image below was last seen with two grown cubs. Last year she was seen with two new cubs.
Without a doubt, Bhutan harbors a largely connected source population of tigers across the whole country. Tigers have been photographed in alpine regions, making Bhutan the only place on earth where leopards, snow leopards and tigers can occur in the same area. Bhutan, with 9 confirmed cat species (including all 4 Asian Big Cats – clouded leopard, leopard, snow leopard and tiger), and a possible 10th species, is an immensely important country for feline conservation. The Bhutan Foundation has been supporting UWICE in its tiger research, and the Jigme Dorji National Park in its snow leopard conservation program.