Monday, 11 April 2016

Tiger numbers show increase for first time in a century

The estimated number of wild tigers worldwide has risen for the first time in a century, conservationists say.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Global Tiger Forum said 3,890 tigers had been counted in the latest global census.

In 2010 there were just 3,200 tigers in the wild. In 1900, there were 100,000.

While hopeful that the numbers indicate a population increase, experts cautioned it could also just indicate improved data gathering.

"More important than the absolute numbers is the trend, and we're seeing the trend going in the right direction," said Ginette Hemley, senior vice-president of wildlife conservation at the WWF.

WWF International's director general Marco Lambertini said the latest figures showed "that we can save species and their habitats when governments, local communities and conservationists work together".

The census was released ahead of a meeting in Delhi this week of ministers from 13 countries where tigers live. The conference hopes to double the global tiger population by 2022.

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