Another idea to save tigers

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

A ST U D Y, pub­lished in the jour­nal ScienceAd­vances, says that tigers should be clas­si­fied into two sub­species only, in­stead of the nine known ones. The study is a col­lab­o­rat­ing pro­ject by sci­en­tists from the Ger­man Leib­niz In­sti­tute for Zoo and Wildlife (IZW), Na­tional Mu­seum of Scot­land, Se­landia Col­lege and Nat­u­ral Mu­seum of Den­mark. It calls for a new man­age­ment for tiger con­ser­va­tion. The re­search high­lights that there are lim­ited re­sources for con­ser­va­tion which are be­ing wasted in the hope of per­pet­u­at­ing sub­species, for which there is no sci­en­tific ba­sis. "Clas­si­fi­ca­tion of tigers into too many sub­species re­duces the scope of ac­tion for breed­ing or re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­grammes," ex­plained An­dreas Wilt­ing, the lead au­thor.

SU­NITA NARAIN / CSE

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