Year of the Tiger Media Briefing/Teleconference Addresses State of Tigers Around the World

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With as few as 3,200 Tigers in the Wild, Experts Discuss Goal of Doubling Wild Tiger Numbers and Tackling Issues Such as Poaching, Habitat Loss and Captive Tigers in the U.S.

A media briefing from leading tiger experts will address the status of tigers around the world, the threats they face and solutions to address their decline, including a Global Tiger Summit in Vladivostok this September. The 9 AM EDT teleconference on Wednesday, February 10 comes as many Asian countries prepare to celebrate Year of the Tiger beginning Sunday, February 14th and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) launches a Year of the Tiger conservation campaign.

WWF will also release its interactive map showing Top 10 Tiger Troublespots in 2010. The map highlights 10 places around the world where tigers are in trouble, including the U.S. There are more tigers kept in captivity in the U.S. than the total number in the wild – and there are few regulations to keep those tigers from ending up on the black market.

*B-roll, photos and maps are available

WHO:

WHEN:
09:00 EDT Wednesday, February 10, 2010
(for time conversion in your time zone, go to: http://www.worldtimeserver.com/current_time_in_BS.aspx)

WHY:
As few as 3,200 tigers are left in the wild and their numbers are declining from a combination of poaching, habitat loss, poorly planned development and illegal trafficking. Three tiger sub-species have gone extinct and another, the South China Tiger, has not been seen in the wild in 25 years. Wild tigers now occupy only seven percent of their historic range. Tiger range countries and their partners have agreed to a goal of doubling tiger numbers by the next Year of the Tiger in 2022.

HOW:
Teleconference/WebEx
Toll free-U.S. and Canada:            888-278-8465
Toll-U.S. and Canada:                 913-981-5580
To view maps and other visuals via WebEx: http://tinyurl.com/yjuws4n
The teleconference will be recorded for later web access at http://www.worldwildlife.org/tigers

International Toll Free Lines (if your country is not listed, please contact Lee Poston at lee.poston(at)wwfus(dot)org):

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ABOUT WORLD WILDLIFE FUND
WWF is the world’s leading conservation organization, working in 100 countries for nearly half a century. With the support of almost 5 million members worldwide, WWF is dedicated to delivering science-based solutions to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth, halt the degradation of the environment and combat climate change. Visit http://www.worldwildlife.org to learn more.

Lee Poston
(202) 495-4536 – office
(202) 299-6442 – mobile
lee.poston(at)wwfus(dot)org

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