What a time to be alive! The terrible global decline of wild tigers has been halted – and their numbers are starting to rise.
It’s no exaggeration to say that this is a historic moment. In 2010, there were as few as 3,200 tigers in the wild: an all-time low. Today it’s been revealed that there are now nearly 3,900. It’s the first time wild tiger numbers have gone up globally in conservation history.
So, there are now close to 3,900 large, stripy, totally unique reasons to keep fighting for tigers.
I hope you can see why this is so exciting. It’s not every day that you get to tell part of a story that could turn into one of the biggest conservation successes of our generation.
Some of the best moments in the tiger story so far:
- In 2015 India, home to the iconic Bengal tiger, reported that its wild tiger population was at around 2,220, up from around 1,700 in 2010.
- Nepal made history in 2014 with a full year of zero poaching for tigers, and the country’s latest tiger survey showed an increase to around 200 wild tigers, up from around 120 in 2009.
- Bhutan carried out its very first systematic national tiger survey last year. Around 100 wild tigers were estimated to live in Bhutan, from mountainous terrain in the north at around 4,200 metres, to rich subtropical jungle in the south.
- On the other side of Asia, in the deep snows of the Russian Far East, there’s also been good news. In 2015 a full-range tiger survey began, and the preliminary results estimated up to 440 adult tigers plus around 100 cubs. It’s been a brilliant recovery for the Amur tiger since the 1930s, when the population fell to as low as 20-30 animals.
- Tigers are even beginning to return to China, which is part of their historic range. In 2015 a camera trap video showed a tiger mother and two healthy, boisterous cubs about 20 miles away from the Russian border.
What all this means is that we’re making headway with our goal to #DoubleTigers.
Tx2: a global goal for tiger conservation
Tx2 is the most ambitious goal for tiger conservation. In 2010, when tiger numbers were at their lowest, tiger range governments agreed that we needed to double the number of wild tigers by 2022, the next Chinese Year of the Tiger.
In terms of years, we’re already at the halfway point of Tx2. In terms of numbers, though, there’s still a pretty long way to go.
There’s so much more we can do to see tigers thriving again. We have brilliant, passionate people like you fighting for tigers, and there are rangers, communities, governments and others striving towards the same goal. What we need now is a redoubling of effort to achieve the Tx2 goal.
That’s why we’re stepping up our efforts to help wild tiger populations increase further, and you can help.
Text TIGER to 70123 to donate £5 and help us reach the goal of doubling wild tigers.
Oh, and one more thing.
If this news cheered you up today, I’m pretty sure it’ll cheer up everyone you know. Share it on Facebook, on Twitter, in the pub, at work, with random people you pass in the street… get the message out there, and help us #DoubleTigers!