The Tigers Alive Initiative is one of WWF’s most ambitious and visionary conservation programmes undertaken for a single species. Since it was established in 2009 we have been working with partners to double wild tigers globally.
From a population of perhaps 100,000 at the beginning of the last century, tiger numbers hit an all-time low in 2010 with as few as 3,200 left in the wild. That same year, all 13 tiger range governments came together for the first time at the St. Petersburg Summit where they committed to double the number of wild tigers by 2022 - a goal known as Tx2.
In this critical year for tiger conservation, the 2022 Lunar Year of the Tiger, we have seen both cause for celebration and stark reminders of the need for further and urgent action on tiger recovery.
In July, a global assessment and update on wild tiger numbers by the IUCN Red List (in consultation with WWF) was released indicating global tiger numbers are around 4,500 (3,700-5,600) tigers. While uncertainties in baselines make it difficult to reliably assess trends in global tiger populations, there is growing evidence that global wild tiger decline has finally been reversed — a rare and hard-fought conservation success story, particularly in Bhutan, India and Nepal.
This WWF Tigers Alive annual report highlights how WWF has worked with partners at all levels to seize the opportunity of the Year of the Tiger and established the foundation for increased and sustained tiger recovery efforts over the next 12 years and beyond.
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