Tuesday, September 14, 2010
In 1995, one expert predicted wild tigers would be gone in 10 years. They are not gone, thankfully - some 3,500 remain - but their numbers keep dropping despite heroic conservation efforts. Scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and other organizations have now proposed shrinking the protected ares to key breeding zones whose boundaries can can be successfully enforced. But would smaller sanctuaries just be outdoor zoos? There's no lack of debate over the best way to save wild tigers. But it's clear we need to do more than we're doing now.