Year of the Tiger: A roaring opportunity to secure a future for wild tigers

From an estimated population of around 100,000 a century ago, wild tiger numbers hit an all-time low of as few as 3,200 in 2010, the last Year of the Tiger.

 That year, the governments of 13 countries which had, or used to have, wild tigers came together for the first time at a summit in St Petersburg 

where they committed to double the number of wild tigers by 2022, the next lunar Year of the Tiger.

WWF’s Impact on Tiger Recovery 2010-2022 report brings together more than a decade of work and collaboration on tiger conservation

Success stories include India reporting an estimate of 2,967 wild tigers in 2018, up from an estimated 1,411 tigers in 2006 

the adoption of the Conservation Assured Tiger Standards (CA|TS) partnership across all the country’s 50 tiger reserves.

Forest restoration through community stewardship in a transboundary wildlife corridor between Nepal and India, the Khata corridor,

which has been used by 46 individual tigers and other wildlife in the last five years.

The designation of the world’s largest tiger protected area in China, a massive 14,500 sq. km park along the Russia-China-North Korea border.

A tripling of tiger numbers in the Land of the Leopard National Park in eastern Russia,

he gains have not been uniform across tiger range countries with declines in Malaysia and tigers now thought to be extinct in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. 

The next phase of the Global Tiger Recovery Plan will be determined at the 2nd Global Tiger Summit in Vladivostok in September. 

It will play a critical role in shaping the future of tiger conservation and is also an opportunity to set an ambitious new goal for range expansion.