Wild Tiger Population Increases For The First Time In Decades
April 16, 2016
World Wildlife Fund has announced that for the first time in decades the wild tiger population has increased! This is a wonderful turn of events in wild tiger conservation efforts! In 2010, there were “as few as” 3,200 tigers remaining in the wild. Through hard work by many various groups, the latest report has revised the tiger population to “at least 3,890. The increases come from Russia, Nepal, and Bhutan who’s governments have all been actively working to protect their native tiger populations.
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge may not have a hand in wild tiger conservation, but since the United State’s captive tiger numbers are an estimated 10x larger than the wild tiger populations it is an issue we should be aware of.
Despite this increase in numbers, wild tigers are far from ‘out of the woods’. Poaching, black market trading, loss of habitat, etc. are still big issues in the world. According to the WWF a minimum of 1,590 tigers were seized by law enforcement between 2000 and 2014. Poachers are still killing these majestic animals for the black market in many places. To truly save the tigers it will take a global effort and global awareness of their plight.
The increase of the tiger population is, in part, due to a movement called Tx2, which has the goal of doubling the wild tiger population by the year 2022. This most recent survey shows that so far they’re efforts have been made in the right direction.
The group, the Global Tiger Forum, met for a 3-day conference to set the plans for the next six years for the Tx2 movement. The group stresses the importance of tiger governments to know their local tiger populations and the threats that they face.
It is only through education, conservation, and government support that we will be able to save the wild tigers.