Cambodia’s First Transnational Tiger Introduction Planned

Royal Government of Cambodia is planning to import wild tigers from abroad to avoid the extinction of the animal in the country, according to local media report.

Mr. Un Chakrey - a communication official for conservation organisation WWF Cambodia that works with the Ministry of Environment on the issue - was quoted in the source as saying that if the plan succeeds, it will be the country's first transnational tiger introduction.

To start with, he added, six or seven male and female tigers will be imported and released in SrePok and Phnom Prech protected forest areas in the northeastern Mondulkiri province where Cambodia's tiger was last seen.

The introduction of imported tigers requires well-protected forest as their habitat and assurance of its food at least during the first four to five years.

Tigers were last seen in Cambodia in 2007 and the current number of panthers is not more than five, according to Mr. UnChakrey.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press