Wild tigers, the biggest of all the cats, once roamed vast stretches of Asia, from the Caucasus to South and East Asia. But the tiger population has plummeted by 97% over the last 100 years. Today, as few as 3,000 wild tigers survive in small pockets of scattered habitat.
Sadly, the twin threats of deforestation and human encroachment--combined with rampant poaching fueled by the tiger trade--threaten the future of the tiger species. Habitat loss has also led to a sharp increase in tiger-human confrontations, as wild tigers have strayed from protected areas into human settlements.
In 2006, we helped to establish two national parks in Russia’s Primorye district --a protected habitat for tigers.
We've done similar work in India, home to the largest remaining wild tiger population in the world. We helped bring tigers back to the Sariska Tiger Reserve after all its wild tigers were killed by poachers. We’ve also helped to triple the size of Manas National Park in northeast India, a protected area and native tiger habitat. We also worked closely with the Indian government to establish habitat corridors connecting fragmented tiger populations, thereby reducing conflict between humans and tigers.
In India and Russia, we rescue wild tiger cubs found injured or orphaned by poachers and rehabilitate them with the goal of returning them to life in the wild.