In May 2021, Asian Tigers Group renewed its partnership with WWF for another two years, becoming one of the longest-running partners of WWF-Singapore. The sole goal of the partnership is to reverse the decline in wild tiger populations towards the ambitious and visionary goal of TX2—to double wild tigers globally by 2022, the next Lunar Year of the Tiger.
The collective support from Asian Tigers Group and other partners has enabled tiger-range countries to mitigate poaching through the implementation of SMART technology in 67 tiger sites across 10 countries, and prevent snares from wiping out tigers from the Malaysian rainforests.
The loss of tigers in Southeast Asia to snares has numerous consequences, from the reduced economic potential and investments, degradation of ecosystem services, along with cultural impacts. To find out more about the region’s snaring crisis, download the full report here.
With the Year of the Tiger on the horizon, more support will be allocated to ensure strategic use of investments and the development of a wider landscape engagement plan for local communities and indigenous peoples to achieve co-benefits and the best chance for tiger recovery.
The Asian Tigers Group was founded in 1998 (the Lunar Year of the Tiger) and currently has 29 offices in 14 countries/territories throughout Southeast Asia. Several of those countries have, or have had, native tiger populations so this initiative is especially important to the Group.
"This partnership with WWF is an excellent opportunity to enable the Tiger Action Fund to have an even greater impact. We are confident that by combining our resources and talents, we can provide a boost to the TX2 goal of doubling wild tigers. As we share the same values and commitment to a healthy planet for wildlife and people, it was a natural fit between Asian Tigers Group and WWF."—Gordon Bell, Chairman, Asian Tigers Group.
The Group’s Tiger Action Fund was established in 2001 and extended to WWF-Singapore in 2017, enabling the provision of critical resources such as training for rangers, anti-poaching efforts, research and policy advocacy, and communications support. In the long term, these measures will inspire collective action across the globe to protect Asia’s wild tigers and catalyse impactful legislative change.