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The tiger is one of the most iconic animals on Earth. It is the largest of the big cats and the only one that has a striped coat. Sadly, its beauty and strength has fuelled demand for its coat and body parts which are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and as ornaments. Sixty years ago there were 100,000 tigers in the wild - today there are as few as 3,000.

The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation was part of a team of conservationists that saved the Amur (also known as Siberian) tiger from certain extinction in the 1990s. If we are to ensure a future for the tiger in the wild we have to act now.


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Tigers live in a variety of habitats from tropical and evergreen forests, woodlands and mangrove swaps to grasslands and rocky country. The largest population can be found in India where there are an estimated 1,700 in the wild. There are smaller tiger populations in the Russian Far East, Sumatra and Thailand. Three subspecies, the Caspian, Javan and Balinese tiger are all extinct. 

The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation supports projects in India, Thailand and the Russian Far East to help save the tiger. To find out more about these projects click on the coloured links.

Tigers can survive in a variety of habitats from the mountains of Bhutan to the swamps of Bangladesh.

Tiger Facts

No two tigers have the same stripe pattern.

Tigers usually hunt at night and alone (unless they are teaching their cubs).They enjoy a wide variety of food from peacocks and porcupines to large deer and buffalo. Only one in ten attempts results in a kill.

There are only about 500 Amur tigers left in the wild. They are the largest of the tiger subspecies and can measure as much as 3m from the tip of their nose to the end of their tail. They live mainly in the Russian Far East with a few living over the border in China.

The staggering growth in the human population throughout the tiger's range countries means less and less space for the tiger along with a reduction of its prey. This can force the tiger into conflict with humans.

Tiger hunting wasn't banned in India until 1970 and now all sub-species of the tiger are endangered. Poaching and the illegal trade in tiger parts means that the human threat to these beautiful cats has reached a tipping point. Soon, there may not be large enough populations of the tiger to make them genetically viable.

Sit back and watch


Video Updates

Enjoy this amazing camera trap footage of wild tigers in Thailand

How you can help the Tiger

You can help save the tiger in the wild by supporting the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation's work either by fundraising as a school or an individual, adopting Zhorik the DSWF tiger or entering our annual art and poetry competition.

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