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Watch: Rare footage of tigers caught in western Thailand
Camera traps have caught the first evidence of wild tigers in western Thailand in four years. Footage shot in March and April this year show tigers walking by cameras in the forests of western Thailand, part of a population which purportedly holds an estimated 100 individuals, according to a spokesperson from Panthera. While the footage is good news, the population in this area is still vulnerable due to ongoing threats from poaching, according to Saksit Simcharoen, chief of Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation. He said stronger protection is needed to ensure the continued survival of this population of Indochinese tigers (Panthera tigris corbetti). The tigers in the video represent part of one of only two known wild, breeding populations of Indochinese tigers — the other is found in the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai forest complex in eastern Thailand and only has an estimated 14-33 individual cats, Panthera said.