Wild tiger populations
Wild tiger populations have reduced dramatically in number. They have fragmented into many small populations across Asia and are still declining almost everywhere.
No one really knows just how many tigers there are in the wild now but the best estimate is that there are about:
- 300 Sumatran tigers
- 300 Malayan tigers
- 450 Amur tigers
- 550 Indochinese tigers
- 1,600 Bengal tigers (much less than previously thought)
There are only around 3,200 tigers in the wild.
Three sub-species already lost
The 20th century witnessed the extinction of three sub-species of tiger. The Bali tiger became extinct in the 1940s, the Caspian tiger went in the 70s and the world lost the Javan tiger in the 80s. These sub-species of tiger have been lost forever.
Stopping this decline
ZSL is determined to not let the Sumatran tiger be the next to go extinct. Through our field work in Indonesia and a our world-class breeding centre at ZSL London Zoo we aim to help to give Sumatran tigers a future and reverse their alarming population decline.
Give Tigers a Tomorrow
Visit Tiger Territory at ZSL London Zoo and your ticket will help ZSL to continue working in Sumatra to save this charismatic carnivore.