People and tigers in a Himalayan valley are walking the same paths, albeit at different times of the day.

Tiger in Chitwan National Park, Nepal.

    A recent study using motion-detection camera traps provided thousands of photos as evidence that the approximately 121 tigers in Nepal’s Chitwan valley have made a pronounced shift towards nocturnal activity.

Study co-author Neil Carter spent two seasons setting motion-detecting camera traps for tigers. (Photo: Sue Nicols, Michigan State University)

    Since the start of the 20th Century, the world’s population of wild tigers has dropped by 97% from an estimated 100,000 to approximately 3,000 individuals. The world’s remaining tigers are being pushed into small spaces, and being able to share that space with humans is a critical survival skill.

    The tigers here appear to have found a middle ground that keeps their population viable.


    Source: BBC.

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