Nepal's First Translocated Tiger Found Dead

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The sedated tiger en route to his new home during translocation. Photo credit: WWF Nepal/Min Bajracharya

in January of 2011, a group of biologists and conservationists in Nepal moved a tiger from a rehabilitation facility in Chitwan National Park to a new reserve in Bardia National Park.

Fitted with a radio collar, the tiger—named Namo Buddha—represented a unique opportunity for researchers to closely follow the behavior of an introduced tiger. Unfortunately, this same technology led them to a grisly discovery a few short months later.SLIDESHOW: Wild Tiger Found in Hotel Becomes First Translocated in Nepal

Indeed, the radio collar allowed authorities to quickly locate the tiger once suspicions were raised and led to the near-immediate arrest of three people suspected of killing Namo Buddha. Unfortunately, it was not quick enough to save this history-making tiger.

According to most estimates, as few as 3,200 tigers remain in the wild. The translocation of Namo Buddha was part of Nepal's commitment to double its tiger population by 2022.

Namo Buddha being released into the wild after being collared.

Threatened by habitat loss and poaching, tigers are considered one of the world's most endangered species. Opening new preserves—and creating links between existing ones—has been identified as a key approach to attaining the goal laid out by the Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation and saving the species.

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