Over the last eight decades, tiger subspecies went from nine to six as three became completely extinct and the rest are currently on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) global endangered species list.
As reported by World Wildlife Day, just over a century ago, there were as many as 100,000 wild tigers living in Asia. Today, fewer than 3,900 remain.
What we have seen over the last few years, is an increase in government intervention in playing an important role in the preservation of endangered species. There are still factors like poachers and climate change, but investors, activists, and global governments have been fighting to protect all species struggling for survival.
According to True Activist, China is home to a population of the world’s most endangered tiger, the Amur tiger (also known as Siberian tigers). The country and its people are now taking careful measures to ensure that future generations will be able to can see them in the wild. They have come up with the perfect solution, and that is to create a national park that’s two times the size of Yellowstone. This has been a great start for them and is also one way to ensure that their vision comes true.
Since the opening of the Northeast Tiger Leopard National Park four years ago, the number of wild Siberian tigers and Amur leopards has climbed to 50 and 60, shattering predictions that both species would become extinct in China, reports Global Times.
“China is working hard to turn this [national park] into a model for conservation in China,” says tiger expert Dale Miquelle.
With the year 2022 being the Chinese Year of the Tiger, many think this is a time to celebrate the efforts made to protect these beautiful creatures.
“Persistent efforts to protect tigers have paid off. Change has not come quickly, but there has been slow, steady progress, and we see there are great opportunities for even more recovery,” says Miquelle.