Finally, there’s good news out there in the natural world. Wildlife conservationist organization WWF has revealed that tiger populations around the world are rising. For decades, the number of tigers on our planet has been dropping at an alarmingly fast rate. In 2010, the WWF initiated a project to increase the wild cat’s population and save them from extinction.
The countries with the most success have been China, India, Bhutan, Nepal, and Russia. We hit an all-time low 10 years ago, with the estimation of there being only 3,200 tigers left across the 13 countries they are known to reside in. Read on to find out about how they managed to turn that all around.
The Ambitious Project
The WWF launched TX2 in 2010, a challenging project with the set goal of doubling the global tiger population by 2022. Looking at the numbers we’re still on track to achieving it, with South Asia in particular seeing the best results so far. Over the last few years, India’s big cat population has increased a whopping 75%, totaling at around 3,350 tigers.
In Nepal, 121 tigers turned into 235 in under a decade. Nepal’s Bardia National Park had 18 captive tigers in 2008, but due to efforts made they increased the population to 87 a decade later. In 2014, China captured footage of a tiger and her cubs in the Jilin Wangqing Nature Reserve. It signified the species has been successfully mating.
A regional manager at WWF commented on news of the “remarkable comeback.” She declared: “This is an achievement that not only offers a future for tigers in the wild, but for the landscapes they inhabit and the communities living alongside this iconic big cat.” While conservation efforts still need to be made, we couldn’t be more delighted to hear that they’re actually paying off.