Politicians and wildlife conservation organizations are currently convening to discuss the dire state of wild tiger populations. Experts have concluded that only 3,200 tigers are left in the wild. This is a stark contrast to the 100,000 tigers that once roamed the world a century ago. Participants of the tiger summit are proposing plans to double tiger populations by the year 2022, which is the next Chinese Year of the Tiger.
The plan includes measures to:
- Cut down on poaching, smuggling, and illegal trade of tigers and their body parts
- Conserve tiger habitat, including their breeding grounds
- Create incentives for local communities to become part of the tiger conservation effort
To ensure success and bolster tiger populations, the 13 countries that still have tigers would have to raise $350 million dollars for the first 5 years of the plan, and they would would need the cooperation and support of international organizations and other governments.
To learn more about the tiger summit, visit: Bloomberg News.
For information about the Siberian or Amur tiger, see Animal Fact Guide’s article: Siberian Tiger.