Bangladesh Setting Up A Special Tiger Protection Force

Bangladesh is setting up a special force to save the critically endangered Royal Bengal Tiger and other animals.

$36 Million Loan To Protect Tigers

The World Bank  has agreed to provide Bangladesh with $36 million under its “World Tiger Action Plan” to save tigers and its natural habitat, said State Minister for Environment Hasan Mahmud, as first reported in The Independent.

The 300-member force will be deployed mostly around the Sundarbans mangrove forests, one of the last refuges of the tigers, which stretch between Bangladesh and India, and are home to around 400 tigers.

Pledge To Deal With Illegal Trafficking

The new force will also tackle a growing trade in the illegal trafficking of wild animals.

From the BBC:

Officials admitted they did not have enough manpower, resources and training to counter the poachers, who they said were using increasingly sophisticated techniques to trap the tigers.

Minister of Environment and Forests Hasan Mahmud said that the setting up of the new wildlife force was long overdue.

“The forest department staff in Bangladesh need more training, because now the poachers are very sophisticated,” he said.

“Their sophistication has been increased but the sophistication of the forest department has not been increased over the last couple of years. So, we have to train them and we have to equip them.”

The arrest of a poacher with a tiger skin and bones has raised the fear of illegal poaching rings. In addition, official recently seized a number of protected wild animals from people who were keeping them illegally.

Hundreds Of Turtles And Crocodiles Smuggled Out Of Bangladesh

Earlier this month, customs officers at Bangkok airport in Thailand found hundreds of freshwater turtles and crocodiles packed in suitcases on a flight from Bangladesh.

All of this activity makes it clear that Bangladesh is doing the right thing by seeking to protect its wild animals. Let’s hope the plan goes into action soon.

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Linda F.
.2 years ago see a modern day cinderella story

Janine H.
Janine H.4 years ago

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Lori M. Smith
Lori Smith4 years ago

So nice to see 100% agree on this very important issue. Wildlife is a critical part of nature and the cycle of life, and many environments depend on the wildlife, flora, fauna and insects contained for its own existence. I hope Bangladesh has taken action in time. Ultimately, the only thing that can truly save many species is for people to stop exploiting and exterminating them for profit, and to see them as a valuable resource we need to keep around.

Carolyn Smith
Cally Smith4 years ago

STOP the manufacture and sale of medicine using Tiger parts - take the price off their beautiful heads. To all the people who think this kind of medicine will cure you - shame shame shame.

KrassiAWAY B.
Krasimira B.4 years ago

Noted with hope.

Michelle M.
Michelle M.4 years ago

Good, good, good! I wish more countries would see the necessity in protecting these animals before it's too late.

dawn w.
Dawn W.4 years ago

Glad they are doing something.

Allan Yorkowitz
.4 years ago

I only trust Bangladesh so far. The government is so corrupt, I wouldn't be surprised if poachers payed off "someone" to kill a tiger.

Allan Yorkowitz
.4 years ago

I only trust Bangladesh so far. The government is so corrupt, I wouldn't be surprised if poachers payed off "someone" to kill a tiger.

Marie R.
Marie Rickard4 years ago

While this is very encouraging news - until the punishment for poaching is actually fitting, as in significant jail time and not just a fine, the "sophisticated poaching" will continue. Poachers and smugglers make big money from these activities, and fines are a slap on the wrist. I would like more information as to how the new protections are going to be guaranteed.