WWF and Discovery Communications Join to Protect Critical Tiger Habitat
WWF estimates that over the course of the last century, tiger populations have declined by a startling 97%, from 100,000 to approx. 3,890 in the wild today, and this devastating statistic is mainly due to rampant poaching and habitat destruction. But we know this can be turned around. Tigers can be saved. And the 13 tiger range countries, alongside WWF and other partners, are working on a bold plan to change that trajectory.
For the past six years, WWF has been a driving force behind Tx2—the global goal to double the number of wild tigers by 2022 (the next Chinese Year of the Tiger). As part of TX2, tiger range countries, with help from WWF experts, scientists, rangers, and local communities, developed and implemented a Global Tiger Recovery Plan to ensure tiger conservation is a priority.
This past year, we have been seeing increases in tiger numbers for the first time in a century. And WWF continues to look for new partners and innovative ways to support the TX2 goal.
WWF is now partnering with Discovery Communications to help protect tigers in one of the world’s most critical tiger habitats. Starting in November 2016, Discovery Communications will support WWF’s efforts for the next six years in a key Tx2 site that spans nearly a million acres in India and Bhutan—one of 19 critical sites, or habitats, identified by WWF.
Discovery’s support will enable WWF to focus on a transboundary global priority tiger landscape that is a key area for tiger conservation. Improving connectivity across political boundaries is critical for wildlife movement.
The protection of this transboundary conservation area across India and Bhutan will strengthen protection for tigers and other species, improve grasslands, restore habitat, and further joint transboundary tiger monitoring. Through this approach, we will engage communities in both countries to ensure a sustainable future for tigers.
Together, we can help tigers rebound and continue to increase in number, by 2022 and beyond.