From a population of perhaps 100,000 a century ago, wild tiger numbers hit an all-time low of as few as 3,200 in 2010.
That same year, all 13 tiger range governments came together for the first time at the St Petersburg Summit where they committed to double the number of wild tigers by 2022, the next Chinese Year of the Tiger. WWF played a critical role in creating a shared vision for tiger conservation by committing to the same goal.
The TX2 goal is a global goal, and WWF is putting its full force behind this ambitious effort.
*TX2 stands for 'Tigers times two', signalling the goal to double wild tigers.
The St Petersburg Tiger Summit set forth a visionary goal, igniting political momentum at the highest levels to ensure the future of wild tigers are given the priority, effort, innovation and investment they deserve. This resulted in the Global Tiger Recovery Plan, providing a blueprint for each country to reach the TX2 target.
Through the Global Tiger Initiative, Global Tiger Forum and other critical platforms, WWF continues to drive the TX2 goal forward, supporting the 13 tiger range governments to take action and fulfil their commitments with partnership, policy advice, and collaborative solutions.
Global political will, especially of the 13 tiger range governments, is needed to drive policy change and turn plans into action.
Our partnerships with the public sector, corporations, philanthropic foundations, and other non-governmental organizations is crucial in driving real impact on the ground.
People-centered conservation is at the core of our work, where communities living in and around tiger landscapes are partners in determining the success of TX2.
The Tx2 commitment is the best chance we have at securing the future of wild tigers and their habitats.
Tiger populations are now increasing in some of the countries with the most wild tigers: India, Nepal, Bhutan and Russia. They are also increasing in China. An enormous and rare conservation success never before achieved in tiger conservation.
This success has been partly achieved due to the political support, funding, collaboration and innovation given to tigers by the inspirational TX2 goal.
Doubling wild tigers is possible, but only with the full commitment from governments, businesses, conservation partners and communities.