As we celebrate Global Tiger Day today, the endlessly fascinating Panthera tigris is nearing extinction as a result of poaching, shrinking habitats and the depletion of prey.
Fewer than 3,500 wild tigers remain in the world _ and just over 300 left in Thailand. Tigers are a conservation icon and they play an important role in the ecosystem, while providing an indicator of a healthy natural habitat.
Thailand's national tiger action plan aims to increase the country's tiger population by more than 50% by the Year of the Tiger in 2022. Mae Wong National Park and Khlong Lan National Park located in Khamphaeng Phet and Nakorn Sawan provinces, which make up part of the Western Forest Complex, is a new hope for recovering the tiger population in Thailand.
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