Monitoring Rare Tigers in Bangladesh
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Monitoring Rare Tigers in Bangladesh

Scientists estimate that in 2015 there were just 106 Bengal tigers living in Bangladesh on the coastline of the Indian ocean. Five years later, things are only getting worse for them. Because of climate change, the mangrove forest where these tigers live will likely be underwater within the next three decades. With our support, Smithsonian scientists want to research the species as much as possible—and as soon as possible. They need to analyze DNA samples gathered from hundreds of tiger fecal samples collected in the wild, improving their understanding of the existing population’s size, female to male ratio, genetic diversity, movement patterns and home range. With our funding, these findings will be integral to preserving this endangered Bengal tiger population as its habitat vanishes.

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