Tigers may avoid extinction, but we must aim higher

InterMedia Press

A tiger in Russia. Image courtesy of Panthera.

  • “I was extremely skeptical that the world could achieve the grandly ambitious goal set at the 2010 Global Tiger Summit of doubling tiger numbers, or reaching 6,000 individuals, by 2022,” the author of a new op-ed states.
  • But because of the overly ambitious goal set in 2010, the world is cautiously celebrating a win for the species, with the IUCN recently estimating the species’ numbers have increased by 40% during that time, from 3,200 in 2015 to 4,500 this year.
  • When tiger range states and scientists gather for the second Global Tiger Summit this year, they must take stock of this unusual success and work to give tigers space, protect said spaces from poaching, and scale-up efforts.
  • This article is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily of Mongabay.

Having spent 27 years as a wild cat…

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