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New research suggests tigers can come back from brink of extinction if habitats are preserved
11 September 2017
Satellite analysis reveals tiger habitats more intact than expected; area large enough to double wild tiger population remains.
Enough forested habitat remains to bring the tiger back from the brink of extinction, according to new analysis published in Science Advances today by researchers at the University of Minnesota, RESOLVE, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Rainforest Alliance, Stanford University and World Resources Institute (WRI). The study found forest loss was lower than expected in tigerhabitats, suggesting there is more than enough habitat remaining to achieve the international commitment of doubling the wild tiger population by 2022 (an initiative known as "Tx2") with additional conservation investment.
Image credit: University of Minnesota - Tigers' habitats