However, and there is always a however in conservation, one of the reasons cited for the rise in tiger numbers is moving villages away from tiger habitats. Therein lies the essential problem of a large apex predator living in a very densely populated country: human-wildlife conflict. Solving this problem is what will, in the end, be what leads to the continued survival of this beautiful big cat.
Now to the sad conservation news. Disney's new film Zootropolis has been a smash hit in China. On the surface this might seem great, kids all over the country enjoying watching animals on screen and so maybe taking an interest in them and their behaviour/conservation status. In the trailer that I linked to there is an extended section with a sloth, very strange animals that have to go to the ground to defecate. Unfortunately the outcome seems to have been a bit more sinister, children have fallen in love the one particular character Finnick, who is a fennec fox. This has resulted in families buying fennec foxes for pets. Not only do solitary nocturnal species make awful pets but a rise in the trade of this species, just because of a film is a worrying sign for the trade in exotic species. This species is listed as least concern but it highlights a behavioural consumerism for wildlife that in the long run is unsustainable and if the next fad happens to be an endangered species then it could have huge ramifications for the continuance of a species in the wild.
And completely unrelated to conservation, I read an interesting piece about the 'evolution of evil' on the BBC, worth checking out: http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160401-how-did-evil-evolve-and-why-did-it-persist