The world’s count of wild tigers has gone up for the first time in more than a century.
According to the most recent data, around 3,890 tigers now exist in the wild—up from an estimated 3,200 in 2010, according to the World Wildlife Fund and the Global Tiger Forum.
“This is a pivotal step in the recovery of one of the world’s most endangered and iconic species,” said Ginette Hemley, senior vice president of wildlife conservation at WWF.
“Together with governments, local communities, philanthropists, and other NGOs, we’ve begun to reverse the trend in the century-long decline of tigers. But much more work and investment is needed if we are to reach our goal of doubling wild tiger numbers by 2022.”
The World Wildlife Fund attributes the growth in the tiger count to a rise in population in India, Nepal, Russia, and Bhutan.
India alone holds more than half of the world’s tigers, with 2,226 tigers roaming reserves across the country. In recent years, Indian authorities have stepped up their anti-poaching efforts, and ramped up security in and around the country’s tiger reserves.
Tigers are considered endangered species, under constant threat from habitat loss and poachers seeking their body parts for sale on the black market. They are also seeing their habitats rapidly shrinking as countries develop.
The global tiger count is based on data from 2014. Here is the tally broken down by country:
- Bangladesh – 106
- Bhutan – 103
- Cambodia – 0
- China – more than 7
- India – 2,226
- Indonesia – 371
- Laos – 2
- Malaysia – 250
- Myanmar – no data available
- Nepal – 198
- Russia – 433
- Thailand – 189
- Vietnam – fewer than 5