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November 23rd, 2010
09:44 AM ET

Tigers Face Extinction: Poaching, massive decline in habitat to blame

Wild tigers could become extinct in 12 years if more action isn’t taken, according to global wildlife experts.

The World Wildlife Fund says only about 3,200 tigers remain in the wild, down from an estimated 100,000 a century ago.

Sybille Klenzendorf, director of the species conservation program at the World Wildlife Fund, talks with AM’s Kiran Chetry this morning. She explains how fast the numbers are falling and what humans can do to help.

Filed under: Environment • World
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. austin

    ok but there is something that still needs to be done about it! so what you know that there is gonna be more people in later years. People are poaching these tigers for Unnecessary reasons, for medicins that have not even been proven to work.

    December 3, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  2. ronvan

    And we THINK we are the superior beings! About the only thing we are good at is destroying everything we touch! It is totally amazing to me that our savior, which ever name you call him, has not destroyed us already. We are a shame!

    November 23, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  3. John

    For years Esso / Exxon have used the tiger as their advertising icon. From tiger tails in your tank to pictures of them on your gas cards.
    One has to stop and wonder why such a multi-billion dollar and worldwide company doesn't throw its support and dollars towards rescuing these awesome cats from extinction.

    November 23, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
  4. Martel

    Of course habitat loss is to blame. There are 7 billion people on the planet. Just how many more people do you think there will be in 15, 20, 50, 100 years?? Someday scientists will look back and realize that one of the worst mistakes of the 20th century was mass vaccination for previously incurable diseases. The population of the planet was less than 2 billion in 1900. Now it is almost 7 billion. The UN's high estimate for this century is 14 billion. I'm sure tigers will not be the only animal that goes extinct within the next 90 years.

    November 23, 2010 at 12:49 pm |