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Tigers in serious trouble around the world, including here in the US
Date:2/10/2010

WASHINGTON, DC, February 10, 2010 As many Asian countries prepare to celebrate Year of the Tiger beginning February 14, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) reports that tigers are in crisis around the world, including here in the United States, where more tigers are kept in captivity than are alive in the wild throughout Asia. As few as 3,200 tigers exist in the wild in Asia where they are threatened by poaching, habitat loss, illegal trafficking and the conversion of forests for infrastructure and plantations.

WWF is releasing a new interactive map of the world's top 10 tiger trouble spots and the main threats against tigers. WWF is also launching a campaign: Tx2: Double or Nothing to support tiger range states in their goal of doubling wild tiger numbers by the next Year of the Tiger in 2022.

The issues highlighted in the trouble spots map (http://www.worldwildlife.org/troublespots) include:

  • Pulp, paper, palm oil and rubber companies are devastating the forests of Indonesia and Malaysia, home to two endangered tiger sub-species;
  • Hundreds of new or proposed dams and roads in the Mekong region will fragment tiger habitat;
  • Illegal trafficking in tiger bones, skins and meat feeds a continued demand in East and Southeast Asia;
  • More tigers are kept in captivity in the U.S. than are left in the wild -- and there are few regulations to keep these tigers from ending up on the black market. The largest numbers of captive tigers are in Texas (an estimated 3,000+), but they are also kept in other states;
  • Poaching of tigers and their prey, along with a major increase in logging is taking a heavy toll on Amur, or Siberian, tigers;
  • Tigers and humans are increasingly coming into conflict in India as tiger habitats shrink;
  • Climate change could reduce tiger habitat in Bangladesh's Sundarbans mangroves by 96 percent.

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Contact: Lee Poston
lee.poston@wwfus.org
202-299-6442
World Wildlife Fund
Source:Eurekalert

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