© WWF-Cambodia

Tigers are functionally extinct in Cambodia. The last tiger of Cambodia was captured on camera trap in 2007.


Cambodia’s dry forests was once renowned for its pristine forests and magnificent wildlife - and was even known as the Serengeti of Asia. But because of intensive poaching, tigers and their prey have slowly disappeared, leaving behind a silent landscape.
The camera trap image of the last tiger of Cambodia was an iconic one, used by WWF to highlight the urgent need of restoring the landscape. In late September 2017, the Prime Minister of Cambodia announced that tigers will be reintroduced to the country with the help of WWF.
This reintroduction plan can be a success but will not be the only solution. Wild tigers, globally, are still at risk and face dangers from habitat destruction due to a demand for timber, energy and tiger products which are being sold in black markets. We have already lost over 96% of wild tigers in the last century, but we are slowly recovering their population through Tx2 – the global commitment to double the world’s wild tigers by 2022.