Target: Ginette Hemley, Senior Vice President of Wildlife Conservation for the World Wildlife Fund
Goal: Applaud the success of global tiger conservation efforts.
The world population of wild tigers has increased by almost 15 percent. This increase marks the first time the tiger population has grown stronger since 1910, when numbers were estimated at 100,000. According to the latest census, there are 3,890 tigers living in the wild, up from as few as 3,200 recorded in the last estimate in 2010, when populations hit an all-time low.
While new and more thorough census methods may be partly responsible for the increase, wildlife organizations are lauding recent efforts to save the endangered species. This includes aggressive efforts by India, where over half of wild tigers currently reside, to create well-guarded reserves for the animals. According to Ginette Hemley, Senior Vice President of Wildlife Conservation for the World Wildlife Fund, “we’re seeing the trend going in the right direction.”
Of course, there is still a lot of work to be done. Tigers are still threatened by habitat loss as well as poaching, the single greatest factor in the decline of many wildlife species throughout Africa and Asia. Tigers are hunted for their pelts as well as their body parts, which are used in traditional Chinese medicine.
This victory belongs to every country, organization, and activist that fought for increased conservation for tigers. It is imperative that we continue our efforts to ensure that the population uptrend is sustained. Sign the petition below to thank the World Wildlife Fund for its part in the win, and ask that it continues to advocate for increased protections for wild tigers.
Dear Ms. Hemley,
A recent census recorded a nearly 15 percent rise in wild tiger populations since 2010, when numbers reached an all-time low. While the numbers could be due in part to improved census methods, populations are rising the most in areas employing strict conservation measures. These areas include India, which houses over half of the world’s wild tiger population in well-guarded reserves.
While these numbers are impressive, it is important that we continue to pursue improved conservation methods. This way, we can ensure that populations continue to grow and tigers can move away from the brink of extinction. We, the undersigned, applaud you for the part you played in this victory and ask that you continue to advocate for the world’s wild tigers.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Dave Stokes