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Save Tigers in the Wild

Tigers are found in the wild in 13 countries across Asia and Russia, but their numbers have been declining very rapidly that if we don’t act now, they will be extinct by 2022. From 100,000 a century ago, there are about 3200 tigers in the wild now.
The biggest threat to tigers is poaching for their body parts, mostly for their perceived medicinal value. Competition with loggers and agricultural land clearance means their habitat is a fraction of what it once was.

WWF launched a major campaign to save the tigers and restore its population. Our aim is to double the number of wild tigers by 2022 and prevent extinction by working with governments and communities to protect their habitats and stamp out poaching and illegal trade.
 
 
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Now you see me, now you don't. What would happen if tigers became extinct? Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris), Bandhavgarh National Park, India
© naturepl.com/Francois Sevigny / WWF

Field Diaries: Face to Face with A Tiger.

You would assume it is easier to get a glimpse of a tiger in a forest, but that is not where I saw my first wild tiger. I had just finished spending my last 5 days in Temenggor Forest Reserve, surveying the area and installing a few camera traps and there was nothing out of the ordinary.

Yearning for my bed after a long few days, I was honestly not bothered when I saw something moving vigorously in the bushes across the road which was less than 5 metres from our car. It is common to see wild boars, or a herd of elephants if you are lucky. Another boar, I thought to myself. However, I  looked  to  the  bushes  again and  it  seemed  slightly  orange.

I reached for my camera just in case and at that exact moment, a tiger leaped out.  The tiger was on the opposite side of the road just inches away  from  the car. Sensing the proximity of of the car, it took off in a different direction in a split second. Everything happened in a flash and I was awed by its facial expressions, the muscular limbs and its agility to dodge a fast approaching car.

No amount of words can explain my encounter. Being able to witness its facial expressions and movements was truly an awe-inspiring experience. As field biologists, our main objective is to ensure that we are able to preserve such majestic animals. And your support towards WWF is enabling all our conservation work in the field.

To be able to witness such a magnificent giant in the wild was with  a  truly  memorable. And this encounter would forever be etched in my mind.

 

Field Biologist Izereen Amat Mukri, reports on an encounter from our tiger conservation site in Belum Temenggor, Malaysia,