Global effort to double tiger population

Conservation charities back a global declaration to tackle a sharp decline in the number of tigers in the wild

Tiger numbers are decreasing
Tiger numbers are decreasing

Officials from 13 countries with tiger populations signed a declaration aimed at saving the tiger from extinction at this week's Tiger Summit in St Petersburg.

The nations have signed up to a Global Tiger Recovery Programme, which aims to double the tiger population by 2022 and crack down on poaching and the illicit trade in tiger pelts and body parts, while agreeing to preserve and enhance tiger habitats.

The summit, which took place this week, has been backed by conservation charities including the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and the WWF.

The number of tigers worldwide has fallen by 95 per cent over the past century, with an estimated 3,200 remaining in the wild.

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