Regular surveys needed to confirm tigers increasing
WWF has called on all 13 tiger range states to conduct a series of tiger counts through to 2022 to determine progress towards the target to double tiger numbers agreed at the high level Tiger Summit hosted in St Petersberg by the Russian Government and World Bank in 2010. A key outcome of the summit was that tiger range states agreed to measures on trade and protection to achieve a doubling of wild tigers to 6,000 by 2022, the next Year of the Tiger in the Chinese calendar. Determining the number of tigers in the wild is difficult due to the rugged and isolated terrain they occupy and their elusive nature. But new survey techniques including the use of more durable camera traps is making the counts easier and more accurate.