Camera traps have revealed a tigress with three healthy cubs in a wildlife corridor in Bhutan. It has been 7 years since the tigress was last seen which was during the national tiger survey in 2014.
The remarkable images of the tigress and her cubs were retrieved from camera traps installed as part of a rapid CA|TS assessment of tiger, prey and habitat status in the corridor.
CA|TS is a conservation tool that sets best practice and standards to manage target species, such as tigers, and encourages assessments to benchmark progress. Bhutan already has two CA|TS Approved sites - Royal Manas National Park and Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park.
The area the tigress was seen in shares its boundaries with a number of key national parks, making it an important biological corridor and tiger landscape. Although this wildlife corridor isn’t considered a Protected Area, becoming a CA|TS approved site would ensure the highest standards of tiger conservation are applied, securing it as a safe haven for tigers and other wildlife.
Bhutan has seen a steady recovery of its tiger population in the last decade, their tigers are thriving and this family of four is a sign of hope for the future of these big cats in the country.