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Tigers Found at Over 10,000 Feet

Tigers have been known to live in the Himalayan foothills of Bhutan, but the exact number of them living there is unknown. Also, there is not much known about their behavior in the region. Several stories from villagers about tigers at much higher altitudes in the rugged mountains, even at 13,000 feet, caught the attention of BBC researchers.

They decided to investigate the claims and traveled to Bhutan with video equipment and automated camera traps which they placed in wild mountainous areas at over 9,000 and 13,000 feet. They left the cameras to photograph whatever animals passed in front of them for several months. When they returned to see what they had photographed, they were stunned to see the images of  two wild tigers. One was a male and the other a female which suggests they may actually have staked out a high altitude territory for the purpose of breeding.

A BBC producer, Johnny Keeling,  who helped with the project said, “The significance of finding tigers living so high in Bhutan is that it means that huge areas of Himalayas, that people didn’t think were natural places for tigers to live, can now be included in the tiger corridor.”

The corridor he was referring to is a concept promoted by the conservation organization Panthera. It is a continuous strip of wild land 2,000 kilometers long through Nepal, India, Bhutan and Myanmar which would connect all natural tiger habitats. The wild corridor would allow tigers to move safely into areas where they can find food and water. It would also allow them to interbreed naturally thereby maintaining genetic diversity which is critical to their health and survival. Mr. Keeling also noted Bhutan might one day be sort of a wild tiger nursery where wild tigers are safe to breed, and mature. Then they could return to forests at lower altitudes.

It appears the two wild tigers might have taken a head for the mountains approach to find refuge from poachers and human encroachment into wild lands at lower levels. BBC wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan said, “The fact they can live here is just so important, for tigers in the wild, for their future.”

Image Credit: Kabir Bakie

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3:58PM PDT on Sep 6, 2012

trying to stay far away from humans

5:58AM PST on Dec 6, 2011

Thank you for the information!

9:20AM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Really? That's amazing!

8:28AM PDT on Apr 22, 2011

never heard of that..hope that th tiger live unharm at that higher place

8:25AM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

beautifull ^.^

8:22AM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

Thanks

2:43AM PDT on Apr 14, 2011

呵呵~很有趣又吸引人的文章~~感謝您的分享!!`

2:21AM PST on Feb 4, 2011

Thanks for the article.

1:10AM PST on Dec 3, 2010

Thanks for the info.

6:57PM PDT on Oct 30, 2010

I think this is awesome! lets hope that the tigers are able to live unharmed up there. Maybe there's hope after all that the tiger is not near extinction.

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