Tigers Could Become Extinct in 12 Years

By Max Resnik

November 29, 2010 Updated Nov 29, 2010 at 7:26 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) According to wildlife experts, tigers could be extinct within 12 years. In 1940 the world tiger population was 100,000. Today it is 3,200.

This report came after the World Wildlife Fund and 13 countries convened in Russia last week to discuss how tigers could be better protected. The 13 nations where tigers roam freely are Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam and Russia.

These nations and their governments have pledged to protect the tigers in their countries. With the World Wildlife Fund, they have created a program to double the tiger population in the next 12 years. In the first five years the program is seeking $350 million to finance the effort.

While Malaysia may be halfway around the world, help can begin here in Fort Wayne. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is helping in conservation efforts around the world. Go to our News Links page to get more information to find out how you can help.

Poaching and destruction of habitats are the main culprits in the exponential drop in the tiger population.




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