WWF celebrated Global Tiger Day on July 29, 2011. This day was declared Global Tiger Day in 2010 by high-level government officials from the 13 countries where tigers are found. It is a way to help raise awareness about the many threats tigers face, such as:
- habitat loss
- prey loss
- human tiger conflict
Global Tiger Day is also an opportunity to highlight the work of WWF conservationists in 11 Asian countries who are working to save tigers and showcase recent conservation results.
WWF relies on Mila and others to protect the remaining wild tigers, boost political commitment to tiger conservation and engage local communities in our work. WWF’s goal is to:
- double wild tiger numbers by 2022
- ensure that tigers, and the forests they call home, have a future
Recent results yield hope for the future
WWF’s work on tiger conservation is paying off. Studies done since March 2011 show:
- tiger numbers have increased to 25 in Bhutan's Manas National Park
- India’s overall tiger population has increased 20 percent from the last survey in 2006, including in India’s Manas National Park
Manas National Park is part of one of the 12 priority landscapes identified by WWF where wild tigers have an excellent chance to rebound.
There are two Manas National Parks that border each other, one in Bhutan and one in India. Historically, both parks were pristine wildlife sanctuaries that teemed with tigers, rhinos and elephants. Years of strife in the area between the Indian government and separatists led to unchecked poaching, habitat destruction and neglect of both parks.
A peace accord was signed in 2003 and now, while some security issues remain the prospects for tiger conservation have never looked better. WWF is working to make the Manas National Parks a core for the wider “Greater Manas Complex”, which includes other national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and forest reserves along both sides of the Bhutan-India border.
Also, two Korean pine forests, which are critical habitat for Amur tigers in the Russian Far East, have been saved from destructive logging. JSC Les Export, a wood harvesting and export company that specializes in parquet flooring, was denied the right to conduct a destructive logging operation by the local government following a three month campaign in Russia to save the forests. WWF applauds the local government for stepping up and taking action.
"By protecting these forests from logging, Russia has saved some of the last remaining strongholds for the Amur tiger, which numbers less than 500 in the wild," said Sybille Klenzendorf, Managing Director of WWF’s Species Conservation Program.
What can you do to help tigers?
Sign WWF’s petition to help save Sumatra’s tigers
Follow Mila on Twitter and spread awareness about the importance of tiger conservation