The tiger, known for its stunning stripes and white belly, is the largest cat in the world. They live solitary lives, except during mating season, and are fiercely territorial over their home ranges.
Yet these mighty tigers are experiencing a rapid population decline. Of the nine subspecies of tiger that used to exist, only five remain – all threatened with extinction. Human population growth and sea-level rise have largely pushed tigers out of their historic habitat. Tiger poaching is rampant as their pelts are valuable on the black market and their body parts are used in traditional Asian medicines. It is estimated that there are only 2,500-4,000 tigers left in the wild. Some scientists predict that they could all be extinct in the wild within the next decade.
Phoenix Fund (Фонд "Феникс") is a Russian wildlife and forest conservation organization serving regions of the Russian Far East. This area includes globally significant biodiversity, including the Amur leopard, Siberian tiger, and other predators, as well as a number of recognized protected areas. Through a combination of law enforcement, public relations, ecology, and biology, the Phoenix Fund team collectively brings unique strength and insight to its mission to protect and halt the poaching and illegal trafficking of the endangered wildlife of the Russian Far East.
Wildlife Conservation Society:
The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. WCS manages the world’s largest field conservation program for tigers across Asia in Russia, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar, and China. In all sites where WCS works, protection of tigers, their prey, and their habitat is the foremost priority, through protected area creation, expansion, and enforcement, as well as solutions to human-tiger conflict. Because wildlife crime extends beyond the borders of tiger landscapes, WCS also works with local law enforcement authorities to dismantle wildlife criminal networks.