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The poaching of tigers is unfortunately not a new or recent phenomenon, wild tigers have been targeted and hunted for prestige and trophies dating back as far as the 16th century.

Historically, tigers have been hunted on foot, elephant and horseback. In India, Mughal emperors had a passion for big game hunting, and royal hunting, or shikar, was carried out until the dynasty fell in 1857. Paintings also depict the Mongol, Turk, & Afghan nobility hunting tigers but the British Raj were perhaps the worst offenders with large numbers of colonial aristocrats using sophisticated firearms which, coupled with habitat loss, significantly reduced India’s tiger population. For example, King George V boasted killing 39 tigers in 10 days in Nepal after ascending the throne in 1911 and it’s estimated over 80,000 wild tigers were slaughtered in the 50 years between 1875 and 1925 alone.

So we have moved from around 150,000 wild tigers globally in 1900 to as few as 3,200 in the wild today. Now, poaching led by demand from China is today’s biggest driver of their current demise. However, unlike 200 years ago, this time there is no going back. Numbers are now at a critical level. So, after two million years with tigers roaming this planet, we are at the 11th hour. Critical countries like China have the chance to change the tiger’s current trajectory. Will they step up to the challenge? Let’s help everyone make the right decision.


SHUT IT DOWN - A note from Save Wild Tigers founder, Simon Clinton.

People often ask me what I believe the biggest threat to the world's remaining tigers is - my response - demand. Demand for tiger skin, bone and other body parts, fuels and finances organised poaching and trafficking, which has had a rapid effect on tiger sub-populations and has resulted in localised extinctions. This continued demand is putting the species under huge pressure and driving them closer and closer to extinction. Skins are seen as status symbols, used for home décor, whilst bones are used in tonics and medicines. Both are traded by illegal criminal syndicates for huge profits.

Debbie Banks, head of the EIA's tiger campaign that Save Wild Tigers supports, has the following message:
I have a simple message for the government delegates preparing for the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in Botswana scheduled for the end of March – please don’t forget about the tigers! With perhaps as few as 3,200 wild tigers remaining, every single tiger counts. Based on known incidents of poaching, trafficking and illegal sales, at least 1,500 tigers have ended up in trade since 2000. In numbers, that might not grab the same headlines as the tragedy unfolding for Africa’s elephants and rhinos but it is no less a crisis considering just how few wild tigers remain.
Poaching is driven by demand for tiger parts, primarily among the Chinese business, political and military elite. Tiger skin rugs are purchased for luxury home décor or bribes, tiger bone wine is considered a prestigious gift and meat served as a delicacy. Vietnamese consumers prefer their tiger bone in the form of a glue, pieces of which are mixed with wine to treat arthritis.
In the closing remarks of the Towards Zero Poaching symposium in Kathmandu last week, the Secretary General of the Global Tiger Forum, Dr Rajesh Gopal, called for zero demand to support zero poaching. Quite simply, wild tigers need every government to work towards ending all trade (international and domestic) in all tiger parts (skins, bones, meat, teeth, claws) from all sources (wild and captive-bred). That is the commitment we hope government delegates to the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference will make at the end of March.

Image (C) Nick Garbutt


For the first time in decades, there is real hope for the wild tiger.

The population of wild tigers in India has risen by 30% from 1,706 in 2010 to 2,226 in 2014. The census was carried out by the tiger conservation authority in India, involving over 9,000 thousand camera traps (80% of all Indian tigers have been recorded). These results are truly impressive.

The new tiger census, released by the Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, shows that India (which has 70% of the world tiger population) has registered an increase of 30% in the country's tiger population in the past three years.

Save Wild Tiger founder, Simon Clinton, notes: "All credit must go to the authorities and tireless work across India by all those NGO`s & conservationists working around the clock. Let’s hope this can show other tiger range countries what can be achieved where there’s a will for action & change."


Kid Chan Majestic Tiger Ball Photography

Nice write up and some great shots of The Majestic ‪Tiger‬ Ball by the brilliant photographer KID CHAN - click on the following link to have a look!

130 Million Years and Counting...

SWT founder, Simon Clinton, reflects on our Malaysia programme and explains why the need for action is so great.
Malaysia’s rainforests are the oldest in the world and are the natural home of the Malayan tiger (plus hundreds of other species). But time is running out for both. Deforestation and illegal poaching are all contributing to a potential environmental & eco disaster. With as few as 250 Malayan tigers left in the wild, we are looking at only 10 years until extinction for the wild tiger if action is not taken urgently.
Save Wild Tigers is thrilled to have now launched in Malaysia with a series of spectacular recent events with the highlight being The Majestic Tiger Ball in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 3rd. Beyond the funds raised for our Malaysian conservation partner WCS, we hope that we have inspired and motivated all that attended and hopefully recruited new supporters in Malaysia and beyond to the cause.
The time for talking is over, time for action is now- please join us in the fight back for the sake of future generations.
A HUGE thanks to everyone for supporting “Inspire 2014”, look out for more exciting events in Malaysia moving forward…
TERIMA KASIH! (on behalf of the 250 Malayan tigers left in the wild)