Unfortunately, Tigers have been hunted by man for centuries. Killing a Tiger was once considered a status symbol and the spoils were used to adorn the walls and floors of the upper classes. And the main prize is the use of Tiger parts in traditional Chinese medicine.
The beautiful, awe-inspiring Tiger is one of our planet’s most iconic animals. But here’s the shocking truth. Wild Tiger numbers dropped by more than 95% since the beginning of the 20th century. Now, for the first time in conservation history, their numbers are on the increase.
According to WWF, the Tiger population in the wild has recovered - overall wild Tiger numbers are on the rise, an estimated 3,900 Tigers remain in the wild after a century of decline. With the support of Tiger Protectors around the world, they are beginning to make a comeback.
The rise in wild Tiger numbers was thanks to growing Tiger populations in India, Russia, Nepal and Bhutan, as well as better surveys and protection. But, much more work is needed to protect this species if we are to secure its future in the wild. In some areas, including much of Southeast Asia, Tigers are still in crisis and still declining in number.
At the turn of the 20th century some 100,000 Tigers roamed throughout Asia. Today Tigers are scattered across the World, often in small “island” populations whose isolation puts them at risk of becoming inbred and imperils their long-term survival.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea will be roaring its way back to London this summer! Playing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in the West End from 11 July until 4 September 2022, this is one of the best London attractions for kids aged 3+ this summer, so why not book your tickets and enjoy a day out to remember? The show runs for 55-minutes long and is based on the popular children’s picture book by Judith Kerr.