Some great news has recently come our way from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In a recent report, IUCN estimated that the population of tigers in the wild is now between 3,726 and 5,578. This is significantly more than previously thought and represents a 40% increase since 2015.
IUCN said that the tiger population is “stable or increasing” on a global scale at the moment. The tiger is still listed as “Endangered” on the IUCN Red List, but it is obvious that increased monitoring and projects like Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme are giving results.
Finally, the organization predicts that the population of tigers will continue to grow if the conservation efforts continue. This includes putting an end to poaching, expanding the protected areas, and collaborating with local communities that are neighboring tiger habitats.
Tiger is the largest cat species on Earth. It is estimated that more than 100,000 roamed the Earth in the past. This magnificent animal once covered a large area, reaching Turkey on the west, China in the east, and Indonesia in the south. But human activities like poaching and urbanization have put tigers in danger of becoming extinct.
It is estimated that the tiger population declined by 93% in the 20th century alone. Tigers can now be found mostly in India, Bangladesh, China, Russia, and Thailand.