It’s a scary time for tigers. The World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) has warned that wild tigers could become extinct in as little as 12 years due to poaching, shrinking habitat and the use of tiger parts in eastern medicine.
These practices have already decimated the tiger population which has shrunk by 97% over the last century. Now only 3200 tigers remain living in the wild.
"If nothing drastic happens, the (population) curve is heading straight for disaster,” World Wildlife spokeswoman Marie von Zeipel said at a seminar in Stockholm.
WWF hopes its current campaign Tx2:Double or Nothing, will double the population of wild tigers by the next "Year of the Tiger" in 2022.
The Prime Minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin, who reportedly is an animal lover, is hosting a global tiger summit next month that will be attended by 13 countries.
Recently Russia, along with a bordering province in China, designated a protected area for the local population of wild Amur tigers.
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