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  • P-ISSN2765-2203
  • E-ISSN2765-2211

Nationalism in Tiger Conservation: Should Tigers Have a Passport?

Proceedings of the National Institute of Ecology of the Republic of Korea, (P)2765-2203; (E)2765-2211
2022, v.3 no.3, pp.187-189
https://doi.org/10.22920/PNIE.2022.3.3.187
Anya Lim (Research Center for Endangered Species, National Institute of Ecology)

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Abstract

Nationalism can solidify national unity and ideology but sometimes causes conflicts in human societies. Interestingly, it affects tiger conservation as well. Collaborative efforts are imperative for tiger conservation due to their vast home ranges which cross political boundaries and the limited financial resources. However, tiger states have not shown substantial commitment to collaboration. The nationalism that is entrenched in tiger conservation provides a credible explanation for this passive collaboration among nations. One type of nationalism occurs within a country by favoring one particular subspecies over another. The other type of nationalism occurs when former range countries want tigers. Instead of contributing to saving tigers in current habitats, they are eager to bring tigers back to their political boundaries regardless of the tremendous financial resources required and the lower chance of success. Considering nationalism in tiger conservation, tigers, just like humans, may need a passport for a better chance to survive.

keywords
Nationalism Panthera tigris Reintroduction Tiger
Submission Date
2021-06-30
Revised Date
2021-11-24
Accepted Date
2021-11-25

Proceedings of the National Institute of Ecology of the Republic of Korea