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tiger in Komissarovsky Wildlife Refuge

A new protected area (PA) for tigers and leopards in Russia

More than 200,000 acres of a transboundary territory for tigers, leopards, and other species have been established in the Russian Far East as a new protected area.

  • Nine wins for tigers in the last nine years

    November 27, 2019

    Established in 2010 and dubbed Tx2, it is arguably the most ambitious effort ever undertaken to recover an endangered species. Today, the overall tiger population decline has begun to reverse, with better data and improved surveys indicating there are likely now close to 4,000 tigers roaming free across the range states.Here are the Tx2’s top nine achievements to date.

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  • Malaysia's tigers on the brink of extinction

    November 25, 2019

    Tigers living on the Malayan Peninsula—a region that includes parts of Thailand, Malyasia, and Myanmar—are at risk of going extinct in just the next two to three years.

    Camera trap image of a Malayan tiger.
  • A camera trap captures an elusive tiger in Nepal

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2019
    The spot where I captured this image is between two trees, giving a sense of depth, and one, a “marking tree,” has been scratched everywhere by tigers.
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  • Turtles, tigers, and more species receive additional protections at global wildlife meeting

    September 11, 2019

    Governments from around the world recently gathered to discuss the threat of wildlife trade on species.

    Hawksbill turtle swimming underwater in North Madagascar.
  • In a blow to wildlife, China lifts a ban on the use of tiger and rhino parts

    October 29, 2018

    In an enormous setback for wildlife conservation, China announced it will allow hospitals to use tiger bone and rhino horn from captive-bred animals for traditional medicine. The decision reverses a decades-old ban that has been instrumental in preventing the extinction of endangered tigers and rhinos.

    Bengal Tiger in the Ranthambore National Park, India
  • Russia releases two Amur tigers into the wild

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2018
    In May, two Amur—or Siberian—tigers were released into Russia’s far eastern Evreiskaya Province, joining nine other rehabilitated tigers in the species’ historical habitat.
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  • 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.
    camera trap image of a tiger in Nepal
  • Rare footage shows successful tiger breeding

    July 30, 2018

    Rare footage of a tiger family offers exciting proof of tigers breeding successfully in the wild. The video shows a female tigress - named Rima - and her 3 cubs growing up in Central Sumatra. Rima then meets Uma, a male Sumatra tiger, and breeds successfully to have four more tiger cubs. Yet, tigers are endangered, facing a high risk of extinction in the wild. Today, there are only around 3,900 wild tigers worldwide. That’s more than a 95% decline from perhaps 100,000 just over a century ago.

    tiger footage Ministry of Environment and Forestry Indonesia
  • Sumatran tiger caught on camera

    July 29, 2018

    On top of a ridge of in Indonesia, a healthy male Sumatran tiger was spotted by camera traps earlier this year. An important conservation tool, the cameras are equipped with infrared sensors that take a picture whenever they sense movement in the forest and help support WWF’s intensive tiger monitoring in central Sumatra. 

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  • An ambitious goal to help wild tigers thrive

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2018
    In a November 2016 story, WWF shared some good news: For the first time in a century, global tiger numbers had stopped declining and seemed to be on the rise.
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  • Doubling tigers in Bhutan's Royal Manas National Park

    January 16, 2018

    In less than a decade, Bhutan’s Royal Manas National Park has achieved a big win for tiger conservation. From only 10 tigers in 2010, its population has now grown to 22. With a global population of as few as 3,890 wild tigers, every population increase matters. And it marks a significant step towards achieving the goal of doubling the world’s wild tigers.

    juvenile tiger in Royal Manas National Park
  • Tiger ranger, scientist, and detective

    November 30, 2017

    Pavel Fomenko is a man of the wilderness and tiger protector with WWF-Russia. Here is his story.

    Pavel Fomenko sets up camera trap
  • 4 unseen benefits of protecting tigers and their habitat

    November 29, 2017

    From the world’s largest mangrove forests in the Sundarbans to temperate forests in the snowy mountains of Bhutan, protecting tigers and their natural homes helps provide benefits for thousands of other animals and millions of people.

    tiger in tall grass
  • WWF's Matt Erke on landscape management in Nepal's most precious valley

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2017
    Matt Erke works on landscape management projects that restore forests, engage and benefit communities, and protect ecosystems critical for biodiversity in the Himalayas.
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  • Uporny's Story

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2017
    Captured after close encounters with humans, Uporny the tiger was rehabilitated and released, offering researchers an unprecedented look into the wild life of an elusive big cat.
    Uporny looking at camera MagWinter2017 Matt Twombly
  • Camera traps in Thailand reveal new tigers

    September 11, 2017

    Camera traps in Thailand's Mae Wong and Klong Lan National Parks reveal 16 new tigers— 6 cubs and 10 adults. 

    Adult tiger captured on a camera trap.
  • Bringing tigers back home to Kazakhstan

    September 08, 2017

    On September 8th, 2017, the Republic of Kazakhstan announced their plans to bring wild tigers back to their historical range in the Ili-Balkhash region, and signed a memorandum with WWF to implement a joint tiger reintroduction plan. These iconic cats will finally return to Kazakhstan, 70 years after going extinct there.

    A Bengal tiger in Bandhavgarh National Park, India
  • Amazing image of wild tiger in Bhutan

    July 28, 2017

    Filmmaker and photojournalist Emmanuel Rondeau spent four weeks in the wildlife corridors of Bhutan with a camera trap poised to capture the elusive tiger. After weeks of waiting, a tiger appeared on the final day of the expedition. The result? The first high-resolution camera trap image of a wild tiger in Bhutan captured above 11,000 feet.

    A tiger walking in Bhutan.
  • Meet Singye Wangmo, tiger protector

    Singye Wangmo exudes a natural passion for wildlife. One of the few female forestry officers working on the ground in Bhutan, she spends her days protecting the tigers of Royal Manas National Park from poachers.

    Singye Wangmo checking a tiger pug mark.
  • WWF and Tiger Beer engage to help rangers and protect tigers

    June 30, 2017

    WWF and Tiger Beer US are engaging in a campaign to fundraise to support rangers around the world, including those in tiger range countries to reduce the threat of poaching to this species. Tiger Beer will match up to $25,000 of consumer donations from July 1 through August 31, 2017 to support WWF's Back a Ranger Program.

    Tigers prancing and on hind legs.
  • An Amur tiger’s journey back into the wild

    June 29, 2017

    In mid-October of 2016, an Amur tiger was seen in the Russian city of Vladivostok. Despite efforts to capture him, he proved elusive, and gained international attention. On October 20th, he was finally captured and taken to a rehabilitation center. After being rehabilitated, he was released into his new home, Bikin National Park. 

    Male Amur tiger in the forest
  • Helping people and wildlife thrive together

    May 12, 2017

    Human-wildlife conflict is a major issue for many poor people who live near forests in rural areas of Nepal. That’s one of the reasons why WWF and other partners in conservation launched the Hariyo Ban (Green Forest) program to find lasting solutions that protect people’s lives, livestock and crops and prevent the retaliatory killing of wildlife. 

    Newly installed fence in the Karnali corridor
  • An Amur tiger returns to the wild

    May 03, 2017

    On April 29th, Filippa the Amur tigress was successfully released back into the wild. She was rescued and rehabilitated at the Rehabilitation Center in Alekseevka after being found in December of 2015, as an exhausted, starving, five-month-old tiger cub. 

    Filippa running after being released
  • World Heritage sites, strongholds for tiger and African elephant populations, endangered by illegal harvesting of species

    April 18, 2017

    A new report by WWF reveals that World Heritage sites are especially vulnerable to illegal harvesting of species listed by CITES, including tigers and African elephants.

    Sumatran tiger