Should We Still Worry About Tigers

This week’s update of the number of tigers estimated to live in the wild, which increased the count from 3,200 to 3,890 big cats, earned headlines around the world. But despite the potentially good news, all is not well for tigers. They still face a highly uncertain future—so much so that the iconic felines will undoubtedly disappear in several countries over the next few years.

The threats to tigers come in all kinds of stripes. Here are six of the most pressing.

1. Poachers

Some tiger populations may be stable or growing, but none are safe. Last month the Environmental Investigation Agency reported “a worrying upsurge” in tiger poaching and trafficking of tiger parts in India and Nepal. Over the previous five months, law enforcement agencies investigated at least 25 cases representing 33 tigers.

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