Dear Friend of Wildlife,
Stalked in their forest homes, shot dead, and sold – piece by piece – on the black market. That's the sad fate of hundreds of tigers each year.
And with fewer than 3,500 tigers left in the wild – only 1,000 of which are breeding females – this poaching isn't just illegal, it's obliterating one of the planet's most beloved animals, one population at a time.
Tigers' best hope for survival lies in WCS and our supporters – people just like you.
Our experts are armed with research and expertise – but without sufficient resources, they could be outmatched by the poachers' increasingly sophisticated poaching and smuggling methods.
Effectively combating the poachers' grisly operations requires state-of-the-art wildlife enforcement – but also sheer numbers. Simply put: we need more boots on the ground to protect tigers from poachers.
That's why WCS – one of the world's leading experts in wildlife enforcement – isn't wasting any time.
We've partnered with local governments in countries across the tiger's range to recruit, train, and equip ecoguards, the first line of defense in the fight for tigers' survival. Ecoguards patrol "source sites," 42 regions across Asia that WCS identified last year as critical tiger habitats.
They're stationed in nearly half of the source sites, and we're expanding constantly – ecoguards have just started covering new regions of India, Indonesia, and Malaysia. In Indonesia alone, we've saved at least 12 tigers over the past 12 months through the increased patrolling and intelligence gathering provided by these tiger guardians.
This is tremendous progress. But poachers are getting smarter, and the illegal trade of tigers is booming. Tigers have just recently gone extinct in pockets of Cambodia and India where only a few years ago they roamed freely. Fighting back is going to take everything we've got – and if we're going to bring tigers back from the brink of extinction, we need to get more ecoguards out there.
WCS has the science and the on-the-ground expertise to save tigers and other threatened wildlife – all we need is you. I hope you'll help us with your gift today.
The Wildlife Conservation Society 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.