Bengal tigers may not survive climate change

Loss of habitat due to extreme weather events among reasons

A white Bengal tiger cub with its mother in a Mexico zoo.
A white Bengal tiger cub with its mother in a Mexico zoo.PHOTO: REUTERS
The Sundarbans, over 10,000 sq km of marshy land in Bangladesh and India, hosts a rich ecosystem supporting several hundred animal species, including the endangered Bengal tiger.
The Sundarbans, over 10,000 sq km of marshy land in Bangladesh and India, hosts a rich ecosystem supporting several hundred animal species, including the endangered Bengal tiger. ST FILE PHOTO

Climate change and rising sea levels eventually may wipe out one of the world's last and largest tiger strongholds, scientists have warned in a new study.

The cats are among nearly 500,000 land species whose survival is in question because of threats to their natural habitats, according to a United Nations report.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 11, 2019, with the headline 'Bengal tigers may not survive climate change'. Subscribe