Tigers in Vietnam

There may be as few as 30-50 wild tigers left in Vietnam, confined to the evergreen forests of the Northern Annamites and Central Annamites. Almost three-quarters of the tigers killed provide stock for Chinese pharmacies. Tigers are seen by poor natives as a resource through which they can ease poverty.

Information on Tigers in the Greater Mekong region

Today, as few as 350 endangered Indochinese tigers prowl the forests of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, down from around 1,200 in 1998.

The majority of these tigers are found in the Kayah Karen Tenasserim forests on the Myanmar-Thailand border, while the Eastern Plains Landscape (Cambodia) is considered one of the highest potential areas in Asia for tiger recovery.

Southern Laos and Central Vietnam also have potential for recovery of wild tiger populations.

Tigers in Laos and Vietnam

There are possibly as few as 30 wild tigers each in Vietnam and Laos. They are confined to the evergreen forests of the Northern Annamites in Laos and Vietnam, and the Dry Forests/Central Annamites landscape in Southern Laos and Central Vietnam.

The vital safeguarding of Vietnam’s tigers

Dr. Roberton confirmed that according to a recent survey by Education for Nature – Vietnam and the Environmental Police department, Vietnam has 97 tigers in captivity, but numbers of tigers in the wild, are thought to be anywhere between 20 and 100.

Man-eaters in Vietnam

Tiger attacks increased during the Vietnam war; this was due to the frequency with which bodies lay unburied. Despite claims to the contrary, tigers will scavenge and feed at old kills, be they their own, or someone else’s. Having developed a taste for human flesh they would then attack soldiers quite readily. The first stories illustrate some of the many tiger encounters experienced in during the Vietnamese war.

WWF - Tiger parts found in Vietnam taxi

The tiger likely was transported from Central Vietnam, but it is currently unknown whether the animal originated in Vietnam, or whether it was a wild or captive specimen.

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