Bhutan Tigers Filmed in Himalayas: A Rare Sight

By Ben Bendig, Epoch Times
September 21, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

Tigers have recently been filmed in the mountains of Bhutan, giving evidence that the endangered species can survive at high altitudes.  (Aamir Qureshi/Getty Images )
Tigers have recently been filmed in the mountains of Bhutan, giving evidence that the endangered species can survive at high altitudes. (Aamir Qureshi/Getty Images )
Tigers have recently been filmed in the mountains of Bhutan, giving the first solid evidence that the endangered species can survive at high altitudes.

Camera traps set by the BBC, which has been capturing footage for months, has recorded a male tiger and a female tiger at an altitude of approximately 13,450 ft. The male was seen marking territory, indicating that the pair are not just passing through, which was thought to be the case with earlier evidence of tigers in the area.

“The fact they can live here is just so important, for tigers in the wild, for their future,” said BBC cameraman Gordan Buchanan.

Conservationists hope that the high-altitude region can be used as a tiger sanctuary, as it is unlikely to face encroachment from human civilization. There are thought to be only 3,000 tigers left in the wild.

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