Tiger Stories

  • Editor's Note: A thank you to tiger advocates

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2016
    I came to WWF TO have some small part in protecting the wild creatures and places I love, and I’m so grateful this issue reports on major progress for one species in particular: tigers!
  • CITES: Big steps for wildlife

    During the world’s largest ever wildlife trade meeting—the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)—governments united behind a series of tough decisions to provide greater protection to a host of threatened species and bolster efforts to tackle soaring levels of poaching and wildlife trafficking.

    Head portrait of a Sumatran rhino
  • Why CITES matters

    September 23, 2016

    One of the best tools we have for fighting the illegal wildlife trade that threatens many of the world’s most endangered species is CITES—the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

    Siberian tiger walking in snow
  • How rangers are working to save tigers

    July 26, 2016

    Rohit Singh supports ranger and law enforcement work across countries that have wild tigers as part of WWF’s Tigers Alive Initiative. He also serves as president of the Ranger Federation of Asia, an organization that supports those on the frontlines of conservation in Asia and connects them to the world ranger community at large.

    Rohit Singh - Ranger
  • Where in the world can we make room for more tigers?

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2016
    If we succeed in doubling the number of tigers in the wild, what new territories could they expand into?
  • Tigers and pesto: what’s the connection?

    With flavor as bright as its color, pesto is a delicious treat. But pine nuts are a key food for the Amur tiger’s main prey. If we consume pine nuts faster than the trees can replenish, we’re taking away food from tiger’s prey and, ultimately, tigers.

    tiger and pesto
  • For the first time in 100 years, tiger numbers are growing

    April 10, 2016

    After a century of constant decline, the number of wild tigers is on the rise! According to the most recent data, at least 3,890 tigers now exist in the wild—up from an estimated 3,200 in 2010.

    tiger in grass
  • New US regulations around captive tigers could provide a boost for wild tigers

    April 05, 2016

    Tiger populations fighting for a comeback in the wild will receive a much needed lifeline from the United States government. Improved and tightened regulations around captive tigers will make it more difficult for captive-bred tigers to filter into and stimulate the illegal wildlife trade that threatens wild tigers in Asia.

    Tigers
  • Wild tiger numbers trending upward

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2016
    For the first time in a century, the number of tigers living in the wild is going up
    Two tigers leaping in the grasses
  • Jared Leto and WWF raise awareness on wildlife crime

    Leto, a WWF Global Ambassador, spoke out against wildlife crime as part of a World Wildlife Day event on March 3, co-hosted by WWF President and CEO Carter Roberts. The event brought together local supporters, partners and influencers to raise awareness and support for combatting the poaching crisis.

    Jared Leto giving remarks
  • How nations are uniting to double the world's tigers

    Bringing tigers back from the brink takes commitment on a global scale. Faced with this challenge, tiger range countries took a stand and set an ambitious species conservation goal: double the number of wild tigers by 2022—the next Year of the Tiger. The goal is called Tx2.

    tiger in grass
  • Tiger Numbers Grow in Well-Managed Strongholds

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2015
    India’s tiger population grows by 60 percent since 2006
    A Bengal tiger yawning and lounging in the tall grass
  • What’s black and orange and in the wild?

    On Halloween, we’re all searching through our clothing for the perfect black and orange outfit. Some animals in the wild already sport the colors. From swimming the seas to flying through the skies, these creatures don Halloween fashion all year round.

    Monarch Butterfly
  • Where do tigers live? And other tiger facts

    Tigers are the most iconic of the big cats. With their gorgeous black-and-orange coats and long, white whiskers, they invoke in many a feeling of wonder and admiration. But though they are adored, they’re also vulnerable to extinction. 

    Bengal tiger on a creek bank
  • Saving Thirty Hills

    August 12, 2015

    The Indonesian island of Sumatra—one of the most biodiverse places on the planet—has lost more than half of its forest cover in the last thirty years. But there are stands of amazing, still-intact forest in Sumatra, and Thirty Hills is one of them.

    Thirty Hills, Sumatra
  • An Amazing 103 Wild Tigers Counted in Bhutan

    July 29, 2015

    Bhutan is home to an amazing 103 wild tigers—an increase from a previous estimate of 75 that was not based on actual field surveys—according to the country’s first-ever tiger survey released on Global Tiger Day Conducted entirely by Bhutanese scientists, the survey spanned habitats ranging from snowy, cold mountains in the north—where both tigers and snow leopards roam wild—down to dense, subtropical forests in the south.

    Bengal tiger male walking beside lake in India
  • Amur Tigers on the Rise

    May 27, 2015

    The population of the Amur tiger in Russia has increased to as many as 540 over the last decade, according to new figures from the interim census results released by the Russian government. There are now between 480 and 540 Amur tigers across their existing range, with around 100 of these known to be cubs.

    amur tiger camera trap
  • Rare Video of Amur Tiger Family

    February 19, 2015

    Footage of a tiger and her playful cubs caught by a WWF camera trap is the first video evidence of wild Amur tigers in China. The footage was captured almost 20 miles from the Russian border late last year. In the past, tiger footprints were the only indicators of Amur tigers in China.

    Amur tiger family in China
  • A Tiger's Easy Pickings

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2015
    A routine walk in tiger country becomes an extraordinary experience
    Male tiger eyes a herd of cattle.
  • India Reports Nearly 30% Rise in Wild Tiger Population

    January 20, 2015

    The population of wild tigers in the country increased to 2,226 in 2014 from 1,706 in 2010, according to the new report. This growth is largely due to better management and improved protection. The Status of Tigers in India, 2014 report also underscores the importance of tigers maintaining core habitats for breeding, habitat connectivity and protection from poaching.

    Bengal tiger India
  • Rhino
  • Success Seen for Tigers in Transboundary Landscape

    September 24, 2014

    Tiger conservation efforts are paying off at the landscape level, even where national borders are present across tiger habitats. This good news comes from a report shared by the governments of India and Nepal together with WWF.

    camera trap image of tiger in Terai Arc landscape
  • 4 Species Impacted by Dams

    August 14, 2014

    Many freshwater species depend on free-flowing rivers to complete their life cycles, and in some systems, those species make up critical parts of people’s diets. Here’s a look at five important species impacted by dams.

    egret flying
  • More Tigers in American Backyards than in the Wild

    July 29, 2014

    One of the world’s largest populations of tigers exists not in the wild—but in captivity in the United States. With an estimated 5,000 tigers, the U.S. captive tiger population exceeds the approximately 3,200 tigers in the wild. 

    Captive Tiger