Poachers Empty Indian Wildlife Park of Tigers
Protected areas are too small and unconnected in most of the World to provide long-term permanent protection for their species - particulary wide ranging predators (other than humans). Protected areas must be expanded from 10% to 50% of most land masses to maintain viable populations of all species and ecosystem services that make all life possible. Anything less is museum-like and prone to episodes such as poaching of an entire species' population - as happened below to Indian tigers in one particular park.
One of India's most prestigious national parks has been emptied of tigers by poachers, prompting international wildlife conservation experts to order an emergency census of the country's tiger population. All 18 tigers in the Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan were taken between July and December last year. The scandal has led to allegations of government corruption and negligence over the tigers' protection.