TIGER 2000

National Geographic have joined forces with the WWF in Tiger 2000 to highlight the problems still facing tigers.

Tigers still face an uncertain future. Poaching still exists to feed the illegal wildlife trade in tiger bone, skins and even tigers as exotic pets. Since before the 19th century people have hunted tigers. In the 1800's thousands of tigers were killed, causing a rapid decline in their populations. Records show the population fell from 100,000 at the turn of the last century to about 4,000 in the 1950's.


  • World population of tigers stands at 5,000 - 7,000.
  • The tiger population has declined by an alarming 95% over the past 100 years.
  • Three out of the eight tiger sub-species are already extinct
  • The South-China tiger is now the most at risk, with only 20-30 thought to exist in the wild.
  • Even though its illegal, people are still killing tigers to sell their body parts on the black market.

How many are left  
Bali Tiger (P.t. balica) Extinct
Caspian Tiger (P.t. virgata) Extinct
Javan Tiger (P.t. sondaica) Extinct
Bengal Tiger (P.t. tigris) 3,000 - 5,000
Chinese Tiger (P.t. amoyensis) 20 - 50
Indo-Chinese (P.t. corbetti) 1,500 - 2,000
Siberian Tiger (P.t. altaica) 300 - 500
Sumatran Tiger (P.t. sumatrae) 500 - 800

Visit WWFs
Tiger 2000 site. Go
Visit National Geographics
Tiger 2000 site. Go
Adopt a Tiger
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