The Bangladesh government has created its first national plan to conserve the endangered Royal Bengal tiger. The Tiger Action Plan aims to save an estimated 300-500 tigers in the Sundarbans mangrove forest. The area in the south-east of the country has one of the largest remaining Bengal tiger populations. Experts have described the plan as "a tiger-sized leap for conservation" which will preserve the Bengal tiger - the world's largest tiger sub-species. On Oct. 27 a conference on tiger conservation in Nepal began with a warning that traders and poachers were better organized than conservationists. World Bank President Robert Zoellick said that the illegal activities of traders and poachers was estimated to be worth more than USD 10 billion annually. (BBC)

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