Despite the grave threats facing the world's last surviving wild tigers, there is hope. But the global community needs the political will to find new ways of working together and turning talk into action.
"We don't want a world without tigers!" echoed the youth voices around the world in 2010, the Year of the Tiger. The next generation is the hope for wild tigers.
IFAW is already leading the way in important global initiatives to ensure tigers are protected.
We were a founding partner of the Global Tiger Forum, the Global Tiger Initiative of the World Bank, the International Tiger Coalition, and other international and regional initiatives focused on protecting wild tigers.
IFAW, in partnership with the Russian government, World Bank and other organizations, helped to organize the global tiger summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, in November 2010 and to draft the Global Tiger Recovery Program, a landmark declaration that sets the ambitious goal of doubling the wild tiger population over the next 12 years, We have been designated as a key partner in helping range states implement the program, especially with the urgent need for better training and equipment for rangers on the front lines of tiger protection.
We also advocate for tigers and other wildlife at the Convention on International Trade and Endangered Species (CITES), Convention on Biodiversity, and other international policy-making fora.
In 2010, IFAW's Animal Action education initiative "Born to be Wild; Saving the Majestic Tiger" reached over 5 million people in more than 15 countries.
Working with children around the world, our "Youth Roar" video was broadcast at the 2010 tiger summit in Russia.
Working with the local government and community, we organize annual Tiger Day celebrations in Vladivostok in the Russian Far East, home to the last 300-400 Siberian or Amur tigers.
As part of IFAW’s campaign to reduce demand for wildlife products, including tigers, 400 sets of posters urging people to refrain from trade in wildlife parts for use in clothing, medicine or ornaments were posted at international ports across China.