Bringing the Tiger back from the brinkThe six percent solution
Much has been done to try to save the world’s largest cat — threatened
by hunting, habitat loss and the wildlife trade — but their numbers
have continued to spiral downward for nearly two decades according to this study published in the latest issue of PLoS Biology journal.
The Tiger Summit, to be hosted by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Russia in November 2010—the Chinese Year of the Tiger and the International Year of Biodiversity—promises to be the most significant meeting ever held to discuss the fate of a single non-human species. The Summit will culminate efforts by the Global Tiger Initiative (GTI), launched in 2008 by Robert Zoellick, World Bank President. Leaders of 13 tiger range states, supported by international donors and conservationists attending the summit, are being asked to commit to substantive measures to prevent the unthinkable: extinction of the world's last wild tiger populations.