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Save the Tiger campaign threatened by poor data, says WWF

Published on Jul 29, 2014 5:31 PM
 
A Sumatran tiger at the Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation (TWNC) in Sumatra, Indonesia. Efforts to save the tiger are being undermined by a lack of information about how many of the endangered cats live in the wild, the conservation group WWF said on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: BUSINESS TIMES FILE

PARIS (AFP) - Efforts to save the tiger are being undermined by a lack of information about how many of the endangered cats live in the wild, the conservation group WWF said on Tuesday.

In 2010, a "tiger summit" in St. Petersburg, Russia, set the goal of doubling the number of wild tigers by 2022, against a baseline population believed at the time to be as few as 3,200.

"This figure was just an estimate," Michael Baltzer, head of WWF's "Tigers Alive Initiative" said in a press release coinciding with Global Tiger Day.

"In 2010 many countries had not undertaken systematic national tiger surveys. Now many have or are doing so, but not all, leaving major, worrying gaps in our knowledge.

 
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