Panthera’s Tigers Forever program is working at key sites across Asia to increase tiger numbers by at least 50% over a ten-year period.
Tigers Forever Program
In 2006, the world’s premier tiger scientists came together to resolve why tiger numbers were continuing to plummet, despite years of seemingly robust efforts to save them. The group determined that tiger conservation activities were too expansive, suffered from limited financial and human resources, and failed to monitor their effectiveness.
To be effective, the team concluded that a razor-sharp focus on activities that would mitigate the most critical threats to tigers was needed, and thus the Tigers Forever strategy was born.
Today, Panthera’s Tigers Forever program is being carried out across Asia with the goal of increasing tiger numbers at each site by at least 50 percent over a ten-year period.
Panthera is mitigating the most pressing threats facing the species by training and outfitting law enforcement patrols and investigative teams to secure protected areas; utilizing informant networks to apprehend poachers; identifying and protecting tiger habitats; using cutting-edge technology to prevent poaching, including hand-held thermal imagers and Panthera’s ‘PoacherCams’; and training government and NGO staff to use the best scientific methods to monitor tiger and prey populations.
Panthera is leading or supporting efforts at key sites across six tiger range countries, including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, and Thailand.
Tigers exist in 11 countries across Asia. Panthera's Tigers Forever Program operates at key sites across 6 tiger range countries.
Tiger Range States: Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, and Thailand
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The State of the Tiger
The tiger is one of the most iconic animals on earth, but the largest of the big cats is on the brink of extinction.
As recently as 100 years ago, as many as 100,000 wild tigers roamed across Asia. Today, about 3,900 tigers are left in the wild, occupying a mere four percent of their former range.
This catastrophic population decline is driven by a range of threats, including poaching for the illegal wildlife trade, overhunting of prey species by local people, habitat loss and fragmentation, and human-tiger conflict.
Tigers are globally listed as “Endangered” on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Two of the remaining sub-species – Malayan and Sumatran – are “Critically Endangered.”
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