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Double Tigers


Tiger viewed from above

Tigers have captivated people and cultures throughout history. But the largest cat and one of the most fearsome predators on Earth is perilously close to extinction.

A century ago, around 100,000 wild tigers roamed the Earth. That number plummeted by 95% due to rampant poaching and habitat destruction.

In 2010, when the tiger population had dipped to as few as 3,200, 13 countries that currently or historically had tigers set out to achieve an unprecedented goal: doubling the number of tigers in the wild by 2022. Known as TX2, this is most ambitious global recovery effort ever undertaken for a single species.

WWF’s global tiger program is working to drive TX2 forward.

Nepal nearly doubles its wild tiger population

In an amazing show of progress for wildlife, Nepal is on track to become the first of the world’s countries to double its wild tiger population since 2010.
Banke Nepal camera trap

Why It Matters

  • Balanced Ecosystems

    Tigers are more than just magnificent animals—they’re also crucial for the health of their habitats. As top predators, tigers keep populations of prey species in check, which in turn maintains the balance between herbivores and the vegetation upon which they feed. Balanced ecosystems are not only important for wildlife, but for people, too—locally, nationally, and globally.

  • Healthy Forests

    People rely on forests, directly for their livelihoods or indirectly for food and products. As climate change becomes more severe, natural forests grow increasingly important to counter the effects; they provide fresh water, clean air, and capture the heat-trapping gases that contribute to extreme weather, such as droughts and storms. By protecting tigers, we're keeping their forest healthy. 

  • Helping Local Communities

    Tigers can directly help some of the world’s poorest communities through tourism. Tiger conservation projects also help provide alternative livelihoods for rural communities that are not only more sustainable, but can raise income levels too. Governments, communities, and other organizations have ramped up enforcement against poaching and habitat encroachment to counter the high demand from the illegal wildlife trade for tiger parts. By doing so, they're protecting tigers and those who depend on them for their livelihoods.

What WWF Is Doing

tiger in tall grass

Our vision is to ensure the survival of wild tigers. To make that a reality, we need to restore and connect tiger habitat; end the illegal wildlife trade; and help tigers and local communities safely coexist. WWF and our partners are working with world leaders to ensure tigers remain a top. And with partners like TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitor network, we’re tackling the illegal trade in tiger products.