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Tiger Numbers Rise For First Time In a Century (nationalgeographic.com) 45

Brian Clark Howard, writing for National Geographic: At last -- some good news for tigers. Driven largely by conservation successes in India, Russia, and Nepal, the global population of tigers in the wild has shown a significant increase in the past few years, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) reports in a new survey. The report comes as national leaders meet in India to discuss next steps for saving the iconic -- and highly endangered -- species. The study estimates that there are now 3,890 wild tigers, up from 3,200 in 2010, when countries announced a historic commitment to double the population by 2022. Countries appear to be heading toward their goal, and this is the first time tiger numbers have been increasing globally in more than a hundred years. "We're positively surprised by the numbers, which validate what we thought has been happening thanks to conservation efforts," says Ginette Hemley, senior vice president for conservation at WWF.
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  • by cats-paw ( 34890 ) on Monday April 11, 2016 @09:41AM (#51884133) Homepage

    Between the tiger parts in "traditional medicine" idiocy in China and human population pressures in India, the fact the numbers actually increased is borderline miraculous.

    • Now if only they can squash that whole "rhino horn is an aphrodesiac" nonsense, maybe the rhinos can make a comeback too.

    • It's all so that Putin has more tigers to ride on.

  • Fuck1ng cold here in the northeast and snowing out west in the USA
    • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

      Fuck1ng cold here in the northeast and snowing out west in the USA

      It's why we call it "climate change" now more than "global warming" because the latter implies that everywhere gets hotter. While that is true, what you don't see is the methods that arise in attempting to bring the heat back down again.

      Hurricanes and tornadoes are easy to see (they're heat engines that get their power from the ocean warmth, that's why they die out over land pretty quickly), enough to drop the local temperature 3-5C (6-9F) of

  • Now if they can just do the same for the Cheetah.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      It's more difficult with cheetahs, because cheetahs never prosper.

    • Maybe their counts are up, but it's hard to tell. It's easy to catch a tiger by the toe, but cheetahs are really fast.

      EENIE MEENIE MINEY MOE!

      • Maybe their counts are up, but it's hard to tell. It's easy to catch a tiger by the toe, but cheetahs are really fast.

        EENIE MEENIE MINEY MOE!

        I always choose to let him go.

  • This has something to do with the new Jungle Book movie

  • they are my favorite animal.
  • How much of this success is due to rich people willing to pay upwards of $70k each to preserves to go hunt one?

  • by fahrbot-bot ( 874524 ) on Monday April 11, 2016 @01:54PM (#51886335)

    ... I recommend Panthera [panthera.org], Panthera [wikipedia.org]. They focus efforts on conservation of the world's largest, most imperiled cats: tigers, lions, jaguars and snow leopards, and also developing conservation programs for cheetahs, leopards and cougars. The also took over administration of the Save the Tiger Fund from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Their Board of Directors covers all the organization's fund raising costs.

    From their FAQ [panthera.org]:

    Where do my donations go?
    100% of your donation goes directly to Panthera’s Conservation and Education Programs, as our fundraising costs are covered by Panthera’s Board of Directors.

    • Pantera? Really?

      There are way better metal bands.

      Look around. Upgrade your taste in music, dude.

    • by delt0r ( 999393 )
      Cheetahs are kinda of boned. There population was just too small in the last ice age, and now the population is too inbreed.
  • If Tiger Woods had 26 mistresses, how many mistresses do you think actual tigers have?! ;)

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