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Forest corridors crucial to save tigers

Forest corridors that allowed India’s tiger populations to breed with one another are vital for the conservation of these magnificent animals, according to research that has been just been published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Where once these animals roamed across much of the subcontinent, they now survive in India in small populations of just 20 to 120 individuals, mostly in tiger reserves. The country holds over half of the world’s tigers, and an official assessment carried out in 2010 estimated that there were about 1,700 of these animals in 39 tiger reserves.

Genetic intermingling

Sandeep Sharma of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in the U.S. and his colleagues studied the extent of genetic intermingling between tiger populations in five tiger reserves in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

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