Conservationists in Cambodia are fighting to keep tigers in the country.
According to the New York Times, the last wild tiger sighting in Cambodia occurred in 2007. WWF-Cambodia says the animal is “functionally extinct,” since there are no breeding pairs left in the country.
Cambodia is now looking to bring in tigers from other parts of the world in an effort to revive the population. A plan approved last month will bring in several tigers to the Mondulkiri Protected Forest, the last place in Cambodia where tigers were spotted. Conservationists say this will be the first transnational tiger reintroduction.
The tigers will be two males and five females, most likely picked from the wild populations of India, for the first phase, which could occur as early as 2020.
Representatives from 13 tiger-populated countries are meeting next week to discuss the details of the plan and ways to double the tiger population by 2022. Currently there are 3,200 wild tigers on Earth, just 6% of their original numbers.