Endangered species are an ever growing problem around the world. Unfortunately due to human interaction, environmental effects, and other damages many endangered species are not recovering very well. One such animal is the wild tiger, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has been counting wild tigers for over 100 years and they’ve never had a positive year, until this year. The WWF put out their official count this week and for the first time since 1900 there was an increase in the wild tiger population of the world.
Back in 2010 the official count came in at 3200 tigers worldwide, which is why this year’s total of 3890 is a significant improvement. The WWF is incredibly pleased to report this result and they say it shows a very significant step in the right direction for the wild tiger population. Wild tigers are without a doubt an iconic species of the world that needs all of the protection they can get, and after over 100 years of conservation effort a positive result is finally being seen. Even better news is the fact that the efforts are still ongoing and the WWF is hoping to see year after year gains in the coming years, they’re hoping to see over 5000 wild tigers in the next 5 years possibly.
The WWF doesn’t take all of the credit though, they want to make it clear that none of this could have been done without support from governments around the world. Preserving and growing the wild tiger population has been a monumental effort but now that there have been some positive results the WWF expects that the level of support will only continue to grow. This is all absolutely great news and just goes to show that with enough effort we can preserve any of the endangered species of the world that need our help. The WWF also hopes to use this momentum to help raise awareness and support for other endangered species that they are trying to protect.