Tiger numbers have dropped dramatically across their entire range in Asia, and China is no exception. Historically, Amur tigers roamed across Northeast China, the Korean peninsula, and the Russian Far East. By the 1940s, hunting had driven the Amur tiger to the brink of extinction – with no more than 40 individuals remaining in the wild. Thanks to conservation efforts, Amur tigers recently recovered to around 540 individuals in the transboundary region. In Northeast China, the most recent surveys indicate there are now around 27 Amur tigers remaining, a hopeful sign as the population is found to be breeding.
With successful lobbying experiences to India on tiger conservation, WWF has developed new transformative strategies for a Tiger Network Initiative to commit the sustained efforts and resources needed to effect change on a local-to-global scale and push for increased and sustained commitment by range state governments to tackle the above issues. Actions will be bolstered by regional scale illegal trade issues through positively engaging the global drivers of tiger habitat destruction.
Following the Kathmandu Global Tiger Workshop 2009, WWF's goal is to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022, the next Year of the Tiger.
To support WWF's conservation work to reduce threats to species such as habitat loss and preserve our ecosystem, you may now get your symbolic animal adoption as a meaningful and unique gift for friends and families.