India reported a new wild tiger estimate of 2,967
In 2010, WWF launched an ambitious campaign to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022, the next Year of the Tiger. On the endangered species list with population decline of 95%, there are currently more tigers living in the captivity than in the wild. WWF is assisting 13 national governments where tigers live to reduce poaching and wildlife trafficking, and protect habitat which is also home to elephants, rhinos and snow leopards. Thanks to these efforts, India recently announced results of the world’s largest tiger census in 2018 showing a growth in numbers across nearly half of the tiger countries – from only 2,226 in 2015 to 2,967 today. The new findings will provide critical knowledge to determine whether recovery efforts are succeeding. WWF supported this exercise with staff, camera equipment and technical data analysis.