Saving Wild Tigers
Listen to our interview with journalist and author, John Vaillant about his new book, The Tiger, followed by our conversation with conservation biologist John Seidensticker.
Seidensticker then joins us as our guest in this Science Forum discussion. He is a conservation biologist at the Smithsonian Washington National Zoological Park in Washington D.C. He also advises countries that are part of the Global Tiger Initiative, a tiger conservation program supported by the World Bank.
The future for tigers looks dismal. Today, there are some 3500 wild tigers in 13 countries. That’s barely half their number just a decade ago.
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China and Russia have just announced a plan to set up the first cross-border protection zone for the Siberian tiger. There are less than 500 Siberian tigers in the wild today, only about 20 of them in China. This international tiger conservation effort will attempt to protect the remaining tigers from poaching and habitat loss.
Nepal runs a program that pays local communities to protect tigers and tiger habitats. Other countries that are still home to the wild tiger are also drafting plans to protect the species as part of a new Global Tiger Recovery Program.
Can such efforts save the tiger? Or is it facing inevitable extinction? Bring your thoughts and questions to our conversation with John Seidensticker. It’s just to the right. He is taking your comments till September 13th.
- Tiger poaching is driven by a global demand for tiger parts and products. Can we stop this illegal trade?
- How can ordinary citizens help protect wild tigers?
- Have you ever encountered a wild tiger? Tell us about your experience.
- Read Chapter 1 of John Vaillant’s book, The Tiger on The World’s website.
- Tiger facts from the World Wildlife Fund.
- Siberian tigers: photos, videos and facts from the National Geographic.