Tiger Stories

  • In an astounding achievement, Bhutan tiger numbers grow by 27%

    July 29, 2023

    As a result of a longstanding and steadfast commitment to conservation, Bhutan has increased the number of tigers within its borders by 27% since 2015—an astounding achievement. There are now an estimated 131 tigers in this eastern Himalayan country, according to the most recent survey conducted in 2021 and 2022.

    Two Bhutan Tigers
  • Rare video of tigress and three cubs in Thailand

    March 03, 2023

    Incredible footage of a tigress and her three cubs was recorded in western Thailand last year. With only 148-189 wild tigers in all of Thailand, a tiger sighting is rare and even rarer to see a tigress with three well-developed cubs.

    A mother tiger leads her three cubs through forest in Thailand
  • Trailing tigers in an Indian wildlife sanctuary

    Each tiger sighting represented a symbol of hope, even defiance. Despite mounting threats, tiger numbers in India have continued to rise steadily in the last decade. That success, we saw firsthand, is thanks in no small part to local communities and conservationists.

    Three tigers lounge in green grass in India
  • WWF’s Dechen Dorji on keeping the spirit of the Year of the Tiger close to our hearts

    February 21, 2023

    Tigers have faced unprecedented threats for many years, but conservation efforts over the past decade have shown that recovering tigers from the brink of extinction is possible when we transcend boundaries and work together.

    Dechen Dorji stands in front of tall snowy peaks on a sunny day
  • In a win for wild tigers, the US Senate passes major legislation against wildlife crime

    December 07, 2022

    In a major win for tigers, the US Senate passed legislation that will help prevent captive tigers from ending up in the illegal trade of their parts and products—a primary threat to big cats in the wild. The Big Cat Public Safety Act now goes to President Biden to sign.

    A tiger walks through the snow on a sunny day in China
  • International wildlife trade talks lead to more protections for animals

    December 02, 2022

    This year’s conference concluded with several positives for wildlife with new and renewed global protections against poaching, illegal, and unsustainable trade in wild animals and plants that could help reverse trends driving the loss of global biodiversity.

    A large leatherback turtle sits on the beach with the ocean behind it
  • How wildlife help combat the climate crisis

    November 29, 2022

    Combatting climate change helps save wildlife populations around the globe, but the reverse is also true: Wildlife conservation plays an essential role in regulating our climate. By saving wildlife, we help save the planet, including ourselves.

    Sea otter closeup of face
  • Nepal nearly triples its wild tiger population

    July 29, 2022

    Nepal is now the second country to double its wild tiger population. It’s an incredible achievement and testament to the conservation efforts of the government, partners, and local communities over the last 12 years.

    Two young tigers run alongside a riverbank in Nepal
  • In the Sundarbans, local communities harvest honey and protect tigers

    July 28, 2022

    Mahua Pramanik and her husband are one of around 80 families involved in a honey cooperative that uses apiaries—or human-made beehives—placed in secure, netted areas on the edge of the forest. Collecting wild honey in the reserves leaves moulis vulnerable to tiger attacks, and approximately six honey collectors die each year in the Sundarbans due to human-tiger conflict.

    Two people hold up a tray from a beehive full of bees
  • Camera traps capture mother tiger with four cubs

    July 18, 2022

    With fewer than 150 individuals, tigers in Malaysia are on the brink of extinction. So imagine the surprise and joy when tiger conservationists spotted a tigress with four cubs on camera traps set up to monitor the population.

    Camera trap image of a tiger mother walking through the forest behind three of her cubs with a fourth cub partially hidden by trees
  • What is people-centered tiger conservation?

    Finding effective ways to partner with people living and working in areas where tigers roam is vital for the long-term recovery of these big cats.

    A group of citizen scientists walk through a winding path in the forest
  • Eight species making a comeback

    March 03, 2022

    Recovering species is essential for effective wildlife conservation and critical to the work WWF does around the world. Here are just a few of our favorite, recent recovery stories.

    Banke Nepal camera trap
  • Restoring Asia's roar: 12 ways tigers made a comeback in 12 years

    February 01, 2022

    From community support to strong political will, here are 12 ways tiger range countries have been working to restore Asia's roar over the last 12 years.

    A tigress and cub snuggle while facing one another
  • How scientists count tigers in India

    January 27, 2022

    From dense jungles to the Himalayas, tigers are an elusive species—hard to find and hard to count. But, thanks to the use of camera traps, the movements and behaviors of tigers are now less of a mystery.

    A tiger walks across leaves in the jungle in India
  • Doubling down

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2022
    In 2010, the world’s 13 tiger range countries made a landmark commitment to double the number of wild tigers by 2022. Here's how far we've come.
    Two young tigers romping
  • A turning point for tigers

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2022
    Thanks to one of the most ambitious conservation efforts in history, the big cats are making a comeback
    Tiger in profile turning to look behind
  • Tiger timeline

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2022
    Tiger face partially covered
  • A day in the life of a tiger tracker

    December 01, 2021

    From morning coffee before setting out on their journey, to installing camera traps, to stories of run-ins with tigers, follow a day in the life of a tiger tracking team in Nepal. 

    A man sits at a campfire in the woods cooking something over the flames
  • Wild tigers: We love them and don’t want to lose them

    July 29, 2021

    The world’s attention has never been more focused on tigers: 2022, also known as the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese Lunar calendar, is expected to be a critical juncture on the road ahead for tiger conservation.

    Male tiger walks through grasses of Kanha National Park, India
  • The truth about white tigers

    July 13, 2021

    Learn four facts about white tigers, and captive tigers in general, that illustrate why the promotion of “endangered” white tigers, as just one example, is a ploy of those wanting to profit from captive tigers while providing no benefit to wild tiger conservation.

    A white tiger seen through the bars of a cage laying down with its mouth open in its enclosure in a zoo
  • Tiger territory reaches new heights in Nepal

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2021
    A tiger spotted at record-heights in Nepal that the country’s tiger range likely extends much farther than previously thought.
    Tiger walking along river shore
  • New tiger sighting in Thailand gives hope for conservation

    June 29, 2021

    WWF-Thailand's tiger conservation team started working in Mae Wong and Khlong Lan National Parks 10 years ago. Today, they share the exciting news that their camera caught a female tiger prowling through the forest. Watch their video here!

    Close up portrait of an adult tiger in tall green reeds looking at the camera with its mouth open
  • Patrol ranger Qiu Shi on protecting China’s tigers

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2021
    In a male-dominated profession, Qiu Shi is a member of the only all-female patrol team working to monitor and protect tigers and their habitats in Northeast China.
    Forest rangers in the field
  • What does the world gain when we protect tigers?

    April 01, 2021

    Tigers and the habitat they live in provide untold benefits to people, other wildlife, and the climate. Tom Gray, who is the Tiger Scientist at WWF's Tigers Alive Initiative, explains what's at risk if we were to lose tigers.

    Tiger walking in tall grass in a beautiful golden light