The Current Status Of Tigers

There is so much to tell about the current situation of tigers. Some say it is improving, others say otherwise.The solution to create a better world for tigers is extremely difficult because of the many causes that play a role. Knowing about the causes helps to create the right debate to discuss improvements on tiger situations.

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Numbers Of Tigers


Around 1900 there were still more than 100,000 tigers.
A global census shows that the number of tigers in 2019is around 4,662.
Estimations go up to more than a million killed tigers since 1900.
Tigers lost 93 percent of their habitat
Counting tigers is estimated guessing: they are shy and live in remote areas. Also there is doubt on counting methods and there is a lot of corruption involved.
The number of tigers in captivity is unknown. Estimated guesses go as far as around 30,000 (zoos, pets and circuses).


There are numerous threats for tigers, like:

Humans: +400 percent (!) in 70 years.
Less habitat
Less prey
Palm oil and other agriculture
Chinese myths resulting in exploded Chinese mafia profits
Mining and construction work
Poisoning by farmers

White tigers


A white tiger is not a subspecies.A white tiger is a tiger with a different gen-set.
One small cub was once captured in India by a maharadja. He started breeding and gave one to a USA president as a gift.
All white tigers in the world stem from that one little tiger.
White tigers are importnat moneymakers for circuses and zoos.
For producing only 1 white tiger breeders have to breed at least 10-18 cubs. The rest is killed or sold to hunting farms or terrible zoos.

Tiger brands


People have fear for tigers and because of that they are attracted to them (scientifically proven).
Nrands like Tiger Beer, Tiger Air, Tiger Brands,Tiger Stores, Asics Tiger only use the name and trademark of the tiger to get financially better.
None of the companies that use a tiger in brand or marketing pay a fair fee that matches the value of the brand.

Tiger farms


Tiger farms were in China, Vietnam and Laos. But now they emerge in Africa as well.
The number one reason for farming tigers is to meet the growing demand for tiger products from mainly Chinese customers.
Tiger farms are not allowed by CITES, the UN office for the trade in endangered species.
China is being completely intransparant and misleading the world when it comes to tiger farming.
The number of tigers in Chinese tiger farms is as high as 10,000.



Ecocide is the extensive loss or damage or destruction of ecosystem(s) of a given territory,whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been or will be severely diminished.
In 100 years more than a million tigers have been slaughtered.
The systematic killing of tigers can be considered an act of ecocide.

We call it tiger genocide.


Franck Courchamp from the University of Paris Saclay, France and an international research team, used a variety of methods to determine the most charismatic animals, including online surveys, school questionnaires, zoo websites and animated movies.

The result: the tiger was the most popular animal of all, followed by the lion and the elephant.

Global Tiger Initiative

In 2010 the GTI was announced during a conference in St. Petersburg, Russia. All people and organizations that had an interest in tigers attended this conference.

Their goal was to double the amount of tigers. At that time there were 3200 tigers, the goal was to reach 6400 tigers in 2022, the new year of the tiger. Much discussion has been raised on the number of 3200 as reports of WWF show that the starting number was much higher.

The current status of the GTI is unknown. The World Bank, that started the initiative, is no longer active.

Black market

Wildlife crime is thriving. The estimations go up to 40 billion US dollars. The Chinese mafia is specialised in tiger products because the demand from the Chinese market is enormous and triggered easily. The total amount that the Chinese mafia can get for one tiger can go up to $ 400,000 US dollars.

Products that are often being sold are amulets, skins, lotions, tiger bone wine and pills. The last ones are also sold as Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM).A bottle of tigerbone wine can go up to US$ 10,000.

Wildlife crime goes hand in hand with bribery, extortion, violence, murder, threatening, financial manipulation and corruption.

Tiger tourism

Tiger tourism
Countries where tiger tourism is thriving are India, Indonesia, China, the USA and Thailand.
Tiger tourism can be defined as organized tours and accomodations to see tigers and can be for foreigners and citizens of a country. It can be devided in three layers. Good, average and bad.
Good tiger tourism is when tigers roam free, have no problems with tourists, where conservation is the number one priority and where tourist organizations contribute financially.
Average is like good, but tourists cause problems with tigers and tourist organisations only profit, without contributing financially.
Bad tiger tourism is when tigers are in captivity, exposed to humans, treated poorly and without companies making any financial contribution to conservancy.

Zoos and circuses

Zoos and circuses
Ever since the Romans ruled the world, tigers appeared in zoos and circuses.
The British and the Dutch took tigers as trophies from their 'conquer the world' trips in Indonesia and India.
There is no official number of tigers in zoos, nor in circuses.
Estimations go up to as high as 30,000.
Lots of zoos claim to have tigers for conservation. The reality is that tigers are the nr. 1 moneymaker.
Tigers (along with other animals) suffer from zoochosis. This is a psychological problems with signs of extreme depression, stereotypical behavior, circling, pacing, bar biting, excessive grooming, addiction, and self-harm. Zoochotic animals also portray eating disorders such as anorexia.

Tigers as pets

Tigers as pets
A tiger is an endangered animal and threatened with extinction.
Many people like tigers and want them as pets.
Many countries in the world have laws to prevent people to hold tigers. Bad examples of countries that allow tigers as pets are the USA, the United Arab Emirates and Mexico.
The estimation of number of pet tigers in the USA goes up to 10,000. Pet tigers are often bought as a puppy, when they are still cute and cheap. When tigers grow older they start to eat much more and are often underfed.