The Tiger Pledge

The tiger (Panthera tigris) is an endangered species. Several subspecies are already extinct. The remaining numbers of this uniquely beautiful animal, the majestic king of the jungle, are alarmingly small. The primary reasons are illegal trade of “tiger products” and habitat destruction. Plainly put, we take their habitat (jungles and forests) and convert it into settlements and arable land.

Did you know…

…that the thirteen tiger-range countries have, a while back, come together to an unprecedented pledge?
Those thirteen countries, that met at the ‘Tiger Summit’, are:

  1. TigersBangladesh
  2. Bhutan
  3. Cambodia
  4. China
  5. India
  6. Indonesia
  7. Lao PDR
  8. Malaysia
  9. Myanmar
  10. Nepal
  11. Russia
  12. Thailand
  13. Viet Nam

The Pledge

In 2010, which was a Chinese year of the tiger, the above thirteen countries have met at an event called Tiger Summit and they have pledged to double the world’s tiger population by the following year of the tiger, which is in 2022.

Tiger Conservation Stats

It’s a beautiful idea and a step in the right direction. Still, I think it’s also important to remember the stats. Doubling the population may sound like a lot but, in actuality, it isn’t.
You see, only one century ago, there were about 100.000 tigers.
In 2010, it was about 3.200 – worldwide, according the WWF.

This pledge is a promising start.


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