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Tiger Numbers Worldwide Show Increase

Tiger Numbers Worldwide Show Increase

In 2010 the worldwide ‘tiger census’ stood at 3,200 tigers, in the most recent census 3,890 have been counted seeing the first increase in tiger numbers since 1900 when over 100,000 lived. Historically, and still to this day tigers have been hunted for fun – but also for their furs and teeth which can be sold on illegal markets. Another main cause of the decline is deforestation resulting in the destruction of the animals habitats.

While hopeful that the numbers indicate a population increase, experts cautioned it could also just indicate improved data gathering.

More important than the absolute numbers is the trend, and we’re seeing the trend going in the right direction,” said Ginette Hemley, senior vice-president of wildlife conservation at the WWF.

 

More than half the worlds tigers inhabit India and a meeting in Delhi this week ended with the goal of seeing tiger numbers double by 2020. Tiger numbers in Indonesia have been falling due to deforestation to feed the worlds demand for palm oil, pulp and paper. Tigers are ‘functionally extinct’ in Cambodia, meaning there are tigers however none of them are breeding, the country is considering re-introducing the animals