Progress Towards a More Secure Future for Wild Tigers

Stuart Chapman

Stuart Chapman, Leader, Tigers Alive Initiative, WWF International July, 2021

In 2010, the global wild tiger population was at an all-time low of an estimated 3,200. With the future of wild tigers at risk, leaders from 13 tiger-range countries came together with an unprecedented goal: doubling the number of tigers in the wild by 2022, the next Chinese Lunar Year of the Tiger. WWF played a critical role in creating a shared vision for tiger conservation by partnering with the 13 tiger-range country governments and committing to the same goal. This effort, known as Tx2, is one of the most ambitious global recovery efforts ever undertaken for a single species and was a significant turning point for tiger conservation. This past February, we heard from Stuart Chapman, Tigers Alive Initiative Lead and Dechen Dorji, Senior Director for Asia, Wildlife Conservation on the lessons learned in the first 10 years of the campaign – what worked, what hasn’t, and where we go after 2022. In celebration of World Tiger Day, join us as actress and activist Jane Alexander revisit’s last February’s episode and sits down with Stuart to discuss their shared passion for tiger conservation.

Jane Alexander is an actress, a writer and a conservationist. She was most recently seen on Broadway in Grand Horizons and was honored with a Tony Award over 50 years ago for The Great White Hope. Her film career includes four Oscar nominations for Testament, All The Presidents Men, Kramer vs. Kramer and The Great White Hope.

On television she is best remembered as Eleanor Roosevelt in Eleanor and Franklin and other award winning roles in Playing For Time, Warm Springs and Calamity Jane.

Jane chaired the National Endowment for the Arts under President Clinton, and today spends much of her time dedicated to wildlife conservation. Her books include Command Performance, An Actress in the Theater of Politics, and Wild Things Wild Places, Adventurous Tales of Wildlife and Conservation on Planet Earth.

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