For the first time in 100 years, world tiger population has increased, making conservationists hopeful after numerous years of a decline in the tiger numbers.
In 2010, the global population of Tigers were as few as 3,200 but a report provided by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) shows there are now a minimum of 3,890 tigers in the wild, a 22% increase in 6 years.
“For the first time after decades of constant decline, tiger numbers are on the rise,” said director general of WWF International, Marco Lambertini. “This offers us great hope and shows that we can save species and their habitats when governments, local communities, and conservationists work together.”
The figures were gathered from various national tiger surveys, and this increase in world tiger population was credited to the perseverance of wildlife conservationists who have improved their surveying techniques and their approach to preserving the wildlife animals, among others.
The overall increase in the world tiger population is dependent on the increase in individual countries such as; India, Russia, Nepal, and Bhutan. These countries in addition to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, China, Myanmar, Lao, and Vietnam, are all members of the Global Tiger Forum ( GTF ), having the highest population of Tigers in the world.
The GTF in 2010 set up an initiative, the Tx2. The Tx2 was set up with the aim of doubling the world tiger population by 2022.
The Continuous Increase Of The World Tiger Population
While this increase in world tiger population comes as good news to wildlife preservation, those involved with the initiative remain skeptical about the probability of doubling the amount of tigers within a short space of time.
Considering the lack of safety for Tigers, leader of the Tx2 initiative, Michael Baltzer said, “A strong action plan for the next six years is vital…The global decline has been halted but there is still no safe place for tigers. Southeast Asia, in particular, is at imminent risk of losing its tigers if these governments do not take action immediately.”
If tiger population is to be effectively sustained, all nations would have to keep a close watch on the tiger population in their countries. Having figures and records on the number of tigers in a country makes it easier to track down the poachers.
Initiatives such as the WWF also have to be supported, and people are urged not to support the poaching of tigers. poaching can be encouraged indirectly if a person buys a medicine made from Tiger bones or parts– one of the major reasons tigers are hunted.
WWF Australia’s national manager Darren Grover said, “We really urge people who are going to these countries, if you’re in markets and you are seeing what are claimed to be tiger products, don’t purchase them. As we like to say, there’s only one place where those tiger products should be, and that’s in a tiger.”