Congressional Briefing to Focus on Global Tiger Crisis

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With Tiger Numbers as Low as 3,200, Briefing Will Address Need for US Action Ahead of Russia’s Global Tiger Summit

A Congressional Briefing on Thursday, July 22 will discuss the state of wild tigers, current efforts to ensure their survival and how the US can help ensure that tiger numbers double over the next decade. Experts will discuss the need for high level US representation at the upcoming Tiger Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, hosted by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and World Bank President Robert Zoellick. Other issues include increased US funding and technical support for on-the-ground tiger conservation in Asia and stricter US laws around captive tigers (there are more tigers in captivity in the US than there are in the wild around the world).

The briefing is sponsored by Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo, D-Guam, Chair, House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife.

WHEN/WHERE:
Thursday, July 22, 2010.
Briefing: 4-5 PM, 1324 Longworth House Office Building.
Reception: 5-7 PM, 1334 Longworth House Office Building (refreshments provided).

WHO:

WHY:
In this “Year of the Tiger” 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.

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.

ABOUT TRAFFIC:
TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, works to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature. TRAFFIC is a joint program of IUCN and WWF. Visit http://www.traffic.org to learn more.

ABOUT WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY:
WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth. Visit http://www.wcs.org for more information.

Contacts:
WWF -- Lee Poston
(202) 495-4536 – office
(202) 299-6442 – mobile

WCS -- Chip Weiskotten
(202) 624-8172 – office
(518) 669-3936 – mobile

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