Once 100,000 strong, the world’s wild tiger population dipped to an estimated 3,200 tigers by 2010, as poaching, habitat loss, and conflict with humans threatened to erase this majestic cat from its historic range. WWF’s ambitious Tx2 campaign, to double the populations of tigers by 2022 is now half way through its timeline, and we are excited to share successes we’ve been able to achieve so far, in large part due to partnerships established with governments of tiger range countries. These are successes that individuals like you are helping to make possible.
Working with tiger range nations:
Earlier this year, China announced the creation of a Northeast Tiger and Leopard National Park - 60 percent larger than Yellowstone National Park - creating a refuge for the imperiled Siberian tiger.
Russia maintained its ban on commercial logging of the Korean Pine Forests (overturning an earlier lift of the ban), protecting a key habitat for Amur tigers.
In January, Bhutan announced that the tiger population in Royal Manas National Park doubled.
While the global tiger numbers have increased for the first time in more than a century due to great effort and focus by countries like Nepal, Bhutan, India, and Russia, tiger conservation remains a challenge in Southeast Asia, where rampant poaching, demand for tiger parts, and deforestation are an ever-present threat.
Habitat loss and encroachment, particularly with the growth of infrastructure, is a growing challenge, and also leads to human-wildlife conflict. As we plan for tiger population growth, human-tiger conflict will only increase as tigers disperse through human-dominated landscapes in search of territory.
A rapid assessment of site-based tiger conservation areas across Asia that found that only 13% of the areas reviewed met global standards, and at least one-third were at serious risk of losing their tigers due to lack of anti-poaching resources.
Innovative collaborations and solutions:
WWF will be prioritizing our work to ensure Asian tiger farms are closed, and will be working through public outreach, international policy forums, and on-the-ground with our country offices in China, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand to ensure those governments commit to complete bans on tiger trade, and a rapid shut down and phase out of their tiger farms.
To address illegal tiger trade, the Coalition to End Wildlife Traficking Online - the first coalition of its kind bringing together corporate partners in the technology sector - was established to identify innovative ways to identify and halt online sales of tiger products.
WWF is managing human-tiger conflict with the SAFE Systems approach, which utilizes a holistic strategy to address conflict through comprehensive assessments and uses key tools of conflict management, such as policy, prevention, mitigation, understanding conflict, response, and monitoring, and balances the safety of people, assets, wildlife, and habitat. This approach enables the assessment of each context-specific human-wildlife conflict situation in a given landscape, region or village to enable development of a strategy and provide support to local communities to implement locally-appropriate solutions on the ground.
What you can do to help:
Your continued support means the world to tiger survival. Please share our project with your colleagues, friends and family.
Watch Discovery's documentary, Tigerland, airing Saturday, March 30th. The documentary covers generations of tiger conservation efforts from India to Far East Russia, and the brave champions leading the efforts.
With a global population of as few as 3,890 wild tigers, every population increase, and collaborative milestone matters. In the face of tremendous threats to wild tigers’ survival, your support is helping to strengthen law enforcement, anti-poaching efforts and slow deforestation in tiger habitats—all lending to our goal of doubling the number of tigers in the wild by 2022. Your commitment makes a difference in our work and sets an inspiring example that together, change is possible. Thank you.
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