Tigers Could Vanish From a Third of Protected Areas

A new report from WWF (World Wildlife Fund) has shed light on the pressures that face the protected areas that tigers live in. The report, which focuses on Southeast Asia, reveals that better management and more funding is needed to ensure that tigers remain protected in their natural environment.

A hundred years ago there was an estimated figure of 100,000 tigers around the world, and today that figure is less than 4,000 — a drop of 97 per cent.

The survey conducted by WWF is the largest of its kind, assessing tiger conservation areas, including locations that are home to 70 per cent of the world’s remaining population of tigers. Only 13 per cent of this land met the global standards of tiger conservation, according to guidelines set out by Conservation Assured Tiger Standards.

The sites that faced the possibility of tigers being lost completely are predominantly in Southeast Asia, where they receive little government funding. Poaching remains the biggest threat faced by tigers; however, 85 per cent of these conservation sites do not have the staff capacity to maintain patrols, and 61 per cent of the areas in Southeast Asia have very limited anti-poaching enforcement capabilities.

The report from WWF is urging governments to take more action and ensure that big cats, such as tigers, are protected from poaching and that funding is opened up to allow the conservation efforts to continue and increase.

To find out more about the work that the WWF are doing to ensure the survival of tigers, visit their website here.