By 2010, we had lost over 95% of the world’s tiger population to poaching and habitat loss. Thanks to a long and coordinated tiger conservation campaign (Tx2), numbers are on the rise for the first time in history!
To celebrate, this Global Tiger Day we're sharing some never-before-seen images of tigers, photographed in areas around the world where WWF is working on tiger conservation. Scroll down and take an international tiger tour!
Bardia National Park, Nepal
A tiger peers into the camera late at night.
In Nepal, camera traps and indirect presence surveys are used to estimate the number of tigers left in the wild. WWF-Nepal has been supporting the government of Nepal in its tiger census, helping track tiger density and distribution. The latest tiger population estimates indicate the presence of 235 tigers in the country; a 19% increase from the 198 tigers estimated in 2013.
Bandhvgarh Tiger Reserve, India
A tiger leaps from one concrete fence to the next.
Two young tigers play by a small pool of water.
A bathing tiger warns a sloth bear to keep its distance.
The world’s largest tiger census was conducted in India in 2018, led by the Wildlife Institute of India, India’s National Tiger Conservation Authority and State Forest Departments. WWF supported this exercise with expert staff and camera equipment. The is the most intensive census ever conducted, and will provide critical knowledge on tiger recovery in the country’s landscapes.
Jigme Single Wangchuck National Park, Bhutan
A camera trap provides a close view of a tiger's striped fur (check out its furry belly!)
WWF is supporting tiger countries like Bhutan through a variety of initiatives aimed to protect tigers and their habitats. WWF and the government of Bhutan are working together, along with other partners, to conserve the country's natural heritage. The latest tiger population estimate is 103 according to the National Tiger Estimate of 2015.
A tiger looks into the camera during its evening prowl.
Camera-trapping is the main tool used in Malaysia's 1st National Tiger Survey, which will be completed by 2020. While the census is still ongoing, preliminary findings indicate that there are less than 200 tigers left in the jungles of Malaysia. Poaching is currently the biggest threat.
A tiger is caught on camera during its morning stroll.
Back in 1994 in the Russian Far East, Primorye was the first region where WWF Russia started working on tiger conservation and later expanded its activities to the Amur Ecoregion. Camera traps have been key to help our scientists determine wild tiger population, providing more accurate information than counting snow tracks.
Although the number of wild tigers is growing for the first time in conservation history, we still have a long way to go before the global population is back to its peak. In some parts of the world, tigers are still a critically endangered species. So, WWF cannot stop its crucial conservation work on these gorgeous big cats until they are protected everywhere. Click here to learn more about WWF's work on tiger conservation.