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The number of tigers in the wild has gone up!
This update, based on IUCN data and the latest national tiger surveys, indicates an increase in the number of wild tigers across the globe - a first ever in the last 100 years.

“For the first time after decades of constant decline, tiger numbers are on the rise. This offers us great hope and shows that we can save species and their habitats when governments, local communities and conservationists work together.” Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International

Why is saving tigers so important?

With every tiger, we protect around 25,000 acres of forest.
When tigers are protected, we save so much more. As a large predator, the tiger shapes the ecosystem in which it lives. Protecting the tiger benefits the hundreds of other species – plants, mammals, birds and insects - that share its habitat. So all that it takes to bring a change and save the planet, is a few #MoreTigers

  Halfway to the goal

In 2010 at the Tiger Summit in Russia, tiger range governments across the world agreed to act to double wild tigers by the next Chinese Year of the Tiger in 2022 as part of the Global Tiger Initiative process. This goal is known as Tx2. In 2014, tiger range governments agreed to announce a new global tiger estimate by 2016, based on full, systematic national surveys. The new minimum estimate of close to 3,900 tigers is based on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species account for tigers, updated for countries where national tiger surveys have taken place since the IUCN assessment.

This is a critical meeting taking place at the halfway point in the Tx2 goal. Tiger governments will decide the next steps towards achieving this goal and ensuring wild tigers have a place in Asia’s future.

Dr. Rajesh Gopal

Dr. Rajesh Gopal

Secretary General, Global Tiger Forum

WWF-India has an on-ground presence in most of the tiger landscapes in India!

*The Myanmar Government figure is 85 tigers from a 2010 estimate. However as there is no recent survey data available, this figure has not been included. 

  What WWF-India does for tigers

WWF-India works towards protecting tigers and their prey base, while maintaining and restoring tiger habitats and corridors in India.

With over 57% of the world’s wild tigers in India, we work with absolute focus for tiger conservation using a multi-pronged strategy.

WWF-India has its on the ground presence in most of the tiger landscapes in India and for over three-decades now we have engaged with various stakeholders, including local communities, the forest department, other government agencies, media, school children and civil society.

Our work involves research & monitoring of tiger landscapes, managing human-tiger conflict, providing strategic infrastructure support, capacity building of frontline staff, working with local communities in and around critical habitats and corridors, environmental education & awareness, policy & advocacy and working through TRAFFIC to reduce the threat of poaching.


There are 2226 wild tigers in India ie. 57% of the total global population!


However, we’re still a long way from achieving WWF’s Tx2 goal- doubling the number of wild tigers by 2022, the Chinese Year of the Tiger.
This means that your involvement is ever more important! Here’s how you can support us:

  1. Color your thumbs orange.
  2. Add your unique tiger stripes
  3. Upload your photo with #ThumbsUpForTigers*
Double the impact by making your #ThumbsUpForTigers photo your profile picture by the 29th of July! The top five submissions will be shared with WWF’s 2 million+ followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on Global Tiger Day (29th July 2016).

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