After a decade-long hard work of various non-governmental organizations, animal welfare associations, WWF and philanthropists, the global Tiger population has finally gone up for the first time in 100 years!. According to the data released by the WWF, around 3,890 Tigers now exist in the Wild – up from an estimated 3,200 Tigers in 2010.
The data released by the WWF, was based on the individual data collected from National Tiger surveys, globally. The national surveys of India, Bhutan, Russia and Nepal have recorded a significant growth rate in the number of Tigers. If the same trend continues for a couple of years, the WWF’s goal to ‘double the Wild Tigers number by 2022′ is very much possible.
“This is a proud moment for us and also a very important step in bringing back the World’s most endangered and iconic species to life’, said Ginette Hemley, senior vice president of wildlife conservation at WWF. “I thank all the NGOs, animal organizations and other local communities for being a part of this project. However, we will need more funding and much more support from such people in order to reach our goal of doubling the number by 2022.”
In 2010, Governments of various countries have pledged to double the Tiger population by 2022 as part of saving the Big Cat from becoming extinct. The ferocious animal is already listed on the red list of the World’s most endangered species. The same countries are expected to meet again this month, to discuss the progress of the ‘Project Tiger’.
The illegal Wild life market has a demand for every part of a Tiger ranging from its tail to whiskers. Tackling the threat of poaching and reversing the trend of deforestation are the major issues before the WWF to save the Big Cat. WWF said that it would be utilizing the tracking technology to safeguard the Tigers from poaching.