Panthera tigris tigris Indian tiger Two in the water Bangkok Zoo, ThailandUNIQUE - © Martin Harvey / WWF

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Tigers are one of the world's most endangered species, with as few as 3,890 left in the wild. Sadly, an average of two tigers are still killed each week. But you can help. By adopting a tiger you will make a real difference to the wild tiger's chance of survival. You will be helping to protect vital habitat, step up our anti-poaching efforts and monitor tiger populations.

It makes the perfect gift - with a cuddly toy tiger and special adoption gift pack including an adoption certificate, a stunning tiger portrait and reusable tote bag.

  • could help re-connect fragmented areas of habitat so tigers can move between them
  • could help strengthen anti-poaching patrols in and around nature reserves
  • could help reduce illegal poaching and trade of live tigers and tiger parts
  • could help ensure conservation laws are enforced
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One hundred years ago, there were 100,000 wild tigers. By 2010, as few as 3,200 wild tigers remained. This shocking population decline of about 95% was driven by rampant poaching for their body parts and habitat loss. In 2010 the most ambitious and visionary species conservation goal was set: to double the number of wild tigers by 2022 – the next Chinese year of the tiger.

The latest national tiger survey estimates that global wild tiger numbers have increased to around 3,890 today. This is the first increase in tiger conservation history, and a positive sign that efforts are working. However, threats against tigers still persist, and we urgently need to do more. By adopting a tiger you will make a real difference to the wild tiger’s chance of survival. You will be helping to protect vital habitat, step up our anti-poaching efforts and monitor tiger populations.

Why are tigers important?

In saving tigers, we also save the biologically rich and diverse landscapes in which they still roam – Asia’s last great rainforests, jungles and wild lands. These forests are home to thousands of other species, people and the food, freshwater and flood protection that local communities need to survive. Over the past century, tiger numbers have fallen by about 95% and they now survive in 40% less of the area they occupied just a decade ago. Although mostly solitary, tigers need a large territory, the size of which is determined mostly by the availability of prey.

Tracking tiger populations and understanding the threats they face is absolutely vital to protecting these magnificent big cats. They face daily hazards from poaching and habitat loss. Every part of the tiger — from its whisker to its tail — is also traded in illegal wildlife markets, feeding a multi-billion dollar criminal network.

Threats

Poaching
The most immediate threat to wild tigers is poaching. Their body parts are in relentless demand for traditional medicine and are status symbols within some Asian cultures. The resources for guarding protected areas where tigers live are usually limited.

Tiger-human conflict
People and tigers increasingly compete for space. The conflict threatens the world’s remaining wild tigers and poses a major problem for communities living in or near them.

Habitat loss
Tigers have lost 93% of their historical range. Their habitat has been destroyed, degraded and fragmented by human activities.

What we're doing

WWF works to enforce zero tolerance for tiger poaching across Asia. We've helped to create dedicated enforcement units and equip them with the best new technologies to ensure stronger law enforcement. We remain dedicated to improving the effectiveness of wildlife rangers, training personnel from enforcement agencies and empowering community patrols and enforcement networks.

WWF also works to protect and connect fragile tiger habitat. ensuring tigers have the landscapes they need to thrive. We focus our efforts where densities of prey and tigers are at their highest, including the corridors that link tiger habitats within landscapes. Our work includes building local capacity to manage protected areas and collaborating with our partners to manage core tiger corridors.

 

All donations of $2 or more to WWF-Australia are tax deductible. For your convenience we will send you one receipt at the end of the financial year, for the total amount of your tax deductible donations. If your adoption includes a plush toy, the $15 cost for the toy is not tax deductible.

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Why do I support WWF? Because they make a difference. Individually we have limited reach and power, but as a group we have much more - with WWF we can change things in the world because we are pulling together. Thank goodness for movements like WWF.

Michele Hannam Short

WWF Supporter since 1997

Panthera tigris tigris Indian tiger Two in the water Bangkok Zoo, ThailandUNIQUE - © Martin Harvey / WWF