With fewer than 3,500 wild tigers remaining across their Asian territory, the species is at a tipping point. Habitat destruction, prey decline and the illegal trade in tiger parts and derivatives have pushed the world’s favourite animal to the brink of extinction.
As a symbol of the health of the forests tigers inhabit, the same forests securing water and mitigating climate change, there is far more at stake than one magnificent species; the security of our global ecosystem hangs in the balance too. The same threats to the tiger also put other Asian big cats – leopards, snow leopards, clouded leopards and Asiatic lions – at risk, as well as the many other denizens of the tiger’s forests.
EIA’s campaign launched in 1996 to secure the necessary political will to save the wild tiger, a goal requiring a real commitment to good governance and anti-corruption at all levels of government, making the tiger a symbol of a better world for all of us. If we can’t save this icon of culture and religion, what can we save?
EIA’s works with enforcement professionals who can take action on the frontline, decision-makers in government who can allocate resources and support for enforcement, and colleagues in the NGO and media community who can transform the findings of our in-depth investigations and campaign reports into meaningful messages to consumers.