Tigers Roar Back
December 24, 2012
By most accounts, tigers face an uncertain future. A century ago, an estimated 100,000 of these regal felines used to roam the planet, but countless threats have driven their numbers down to an estimated 3,200 wild individuals.
In the midst of a global poaching and wildlife trade crisis, WCS reports significant progress in three separate landscapes. Tigers are rebounding in southwestern India and thriving inside a Thai sanctuary. Meanwhile in Russia, new laws bolster the odds for the survival of Siberian tigers—the world’s largest cat.
What accounts for these positive developments? Better law enforcement, habitat protection, and crucial partnerships with governments, the results of which inspire hope for global conservationists.
Dr. Cristián Samper, WCS President and CEO, explains: “Victories like these give us the resolve to continue to battle for these magnificent big cats. While the news about tigers has been bleak, these recent developments clearly show how smart strategies and strong partnerships are ensuring tigers are saved for centuries to come.”
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