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is a global campaign by World Wildlife Fund and Leonardo DiCaprio to build political, financial and public support to double the number of wild tigers by 2022, the next year of the tiger.

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Challenges

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Poaching and Illegal wildlife trade

Every part of the tiger—from whisker to tail—is traded in illegal wildlife markets. Poaching is the most immediate threat to wild tigers. In relentless demand, their parts are used for traditional medicine, folk remedies and increasingly as status symbols among some Asian cultures.

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EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

One of the world’s largest tiger populations is found in the Sundarbans—a large mangrove forest area shared by India and Bangladesh on the northern coast of the Indian Ocean. This area harbors Bengal tigers and protects coastal regions from storm surges and wind damage. However, rising sea levels caused by climate change threaten to wipe out these forests and the last remaining habitat of this tiger population.

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HUMAN WILDLIFE CONFLICT

People and tigers increasingly compete for space. The conflict threatens the world’s remaining wild tigers and poses a major problem for communities living in or near forests with tigers. As forests shrink and prey gets scarce, tigers are forced to hunt domestic livestock, which many local communities depend on for their livelihood. In retaliation, tigers are killed or captured. “Conflict” tigers are known to end up for sale in black markets.

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HABITAT LOSS

Tigers have lost 93% of their historical range. Their habitat has been destroyed, degraded and fragmented by human activities.The clearing of forests for agriculture and timber as well as the building of road networks and other development activities pose serious threats to tiger habitats. Fewer tigers can survive in small, scattered islands of habitat, which leads to a higher risk of inbreeding and makes tigers more vulnerable to poaching.

India 2226
Nepal 198
Bhutan 103
Bangladesh 106
Russia 433
China >7
Myanmar No Data
Thailand 189
Malaysia 250
Indonesia 371
Cambodia 0
Laos 2
Vietnam <5
Amur Heilong: China/Rusia
Terai Arc
Greater Manas
Kaziranga Karbi Anglong
Western India
Satpuda Maikal
Western Ghats Nilgiris
Dawna Tenasserim
Sundarbans
Banjaran Titiwangsa
Central/South Sumatra
Eastern Plains

Tiger Numbers

Global Tiger Status

3890 APRIL 2016

Data from IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and national tiger surveys. Where IUCN ranges have been used, the lower end of the range has been displayed. Tiger population estimates are based on adult and sub-adult (i.e. above 1 year old) tigers only.
Tiger Status In
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198
103
106
433
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No Data
189
250
371
0
2
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Tiger Trend in WWF landscapes

TIGERS IN 9 OF 13 WWF LANDSCAPES ARE STABLE OR INCREASING*

*Figures are rough estimates from best available data, may inc. tigers from broader area than WWF landscape. * Eastern Plains is shown as NA as this landscape currently does not have breeding tigers: proposed reintroduction site. Note: Population figures are not alwas accurate and are ranges: therefore “stable” trends are often hard to determine,
Tiger Trend In
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“Tigers are some of the most vital and beloved animals on Earth. With our partners at WWF, my Foundation has supported major efforts to double the number of tigers in the wild. I am optimistic about what can be achieved when governments, communities, conservationists and private foundations like ours come together to tackle global challenges.”

Leonardo DiCaprio

Take Action

  • The US still allows photoshoots and other public contact with captive tigers as young as 4 weeks old, which encourages rampant tiger breeding for profit. Sign WWF's petition asking the US government to fully ban public contact with tigers.
  • Avoid buying endangered wildlife products at home or while on vacation.

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