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ED: Let the Bengal Tiger thrive

  • Published at 12:41 pm September 14th, 2020
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File photo of Royal Bengal Tiger Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The Bengal Tiger is much more than just a symbol

The population of the Bengal Tiger has been a matter of some concern, with there remaining only 114 left of the species within the borders of Bangladesh, a number which was as high as 440 in 2004. 

For too long, the issue of the preservation of the Bengal Tiger, an inextricable symbol of our nation’s identity, has been on the backburner, which is what has allowed the population to dwindle to such low numbers.

In this regard, we appreciate the government’s initiative to reintroduce Bengal Tigers into the Chittagong Hill Tracts, where these majestic beasts once used to exist but, presumably, no longer do. 

The move, which has recently been approved by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, is a welcome step towards prioritizing the wonderful flora and fauna which call Bangladesh home. 

Indeed, the Bengal Tiger is much more than just a symbol, and the fact that we have allowed this iconic species of tigers to perish at the hands of poachers -- 80% of incidents of poaching remain unreported -- shows how little attention our governmental policy has given to our natural ecosystem and biodiversity in general. 

Considering the fact that we continuously fall victim to the detrimental effects of climate change, is it not incumbent upon us to understand the value of our natural landscapes and remain vigilant against anyone who wishes to destroy them? 

This reintroduction of the Bengal Tiger, of course, requires thorough research and competence, with experts stating the need for understanding the CHT’s diversity, the availability of prey animals, its role as a tiger habitat, and roaming areas in order to ensure that the Bengal Tiger will truly thrive there. 

We hope this step stands as a serious commitment to not only the preservation of the Bengal Tiger, but also to the overall conservation of our natural resources.

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