According to a report released this week by the World Wildlife Federation, the world’s wild tiger population has now dropped to approximately 3,200, a number which is shockingly down from an estimated 100,000 in 1900.
Diane Walkington, of WWF-UK, said the following in a statement “Without joined-up, global action right now, we are in serious danger of losing the species forever in many parts of Asia. If we lose the tiger, not only do we lose one of the world’s top predators, we will lose so much more. By safeguarding their habitats, we will protect hundreds of other species in the process.”
The WWF is calling on governments in countries where tigers are still found, countries including China, India and Bangladesh to follow up on their stated commitments to double tiger numbers by 2022.