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Protecting tigers is more than just increasing their numbers in the wild.

They are the biggest cats on our planet and need enough habitats to roam. On the other hand, we need to tackle illegal poaching on the ground and the broader issue of illegal wildlife trade to ensure tigers don't disappear before their habitats do.

We work with governments, partner organisations, local people across landscapes. Through a comprehensive approach, we can tackle threats from within and outside of landscapes, and ensure gains towards the goal of doubling wild tiger numbers by 2022 are for the long-term.

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Connected landscapes for global tiger recovery

We take a holistic view to protecting wild tigers. Instead of focusing only on specific tiger habitats, we define 14 vast and connected landscapes - some of them cutting across countries. Put together, these landscapes provide us with a global canvas for a blueprint towards global tiger recovery.

In each of these landscapes, WWF has selected priority sites based on the potential for tiger populations to thrive, breed and recover. Our on-ground efforts are present in more than 200 of these sites.

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For the first time in a more than a century, the decline of wild tiger populations has halted.

WWF is committed to the global TX2 goal of doubling wild tiger numbers by 2022. This was a target backed by all 13 countries with wild tiger populations at the 2010 Tiger Summit in St Petersburg, Russia.

In 2016, and at the halfway point of the TX2 goal, we have witnessed the impact of joint efforts over the past 6 years. The global estimate of tiger numbers was revised upwards. According to the most recent data, around 3,900 tigers now exist in the wild—up from an estimated 3,200 in 2010.

This is a huge achievement but the threats to wild tigers are more acute than ever. Our work involves driving political momentum to ensure tiger conservation remains a top priority for world leaders, improving the management of areas where tigers live, supporting anti-poaching actions, tackling the illegal wildlife trade through our partnership with TRAFFIC, and managing human-wildlife conflict

6,000+ wild tigers is the global goal set at the Tiger Summit and the goal WWF is dedicated to.