Number of tigers in the wild grows for the first time in over a century

The WWF announced that the number of tigers in the wild is now close to 3,900

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For the first time in 100 years, the number of tigers living in the wild has grown to 3,890, according to new figures from the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF). 

The news was announced ahead of a major conservation meeting, set to take place in New Delhi on Monday, at which the next steps in the Global Tiger Initiative to ensure continued growth will be discussed. 

The 'Tx2' goal, as it has been dubbed, is to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022, and was started in 2010. As a result, this news comes at the midway point in the process, a crucial point for the campaign. 

In a statement on the WWF website, Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International said: "For the first time after decades of constant decline, tiger numbers are on the rise. This offers us great hope and shows that we can save species and their habitats when governments, local communities and conservationists work together". 

While the growth is good news, Michael Baltzer, the leader of the Tx2 initiative stated that "the global decline has been halted but there is still no safe place for tigers. Southeast Asia, in particular, is at imminent risk of losing its tigers if these governments do not take action immediately".