Tigers face many threats in the wild, including loss of habitat, loss of prey, being hunted for their skins and other body parts for traditional medicine ingredients, as well as conflict with humans for living space. The long term survival of tigers however, rests on their continued existence in the wild.
21st Century Tiger is a unique initiative which has raised funds for over 70 wild tiger conservation projects in seven countries worldwide, and is supported by regional zoo organisations like the Zoo Aquarium Association (ZAA), the European Zoo Association (EAZA) and the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA). This alliance is promoting awareness of the threats facing tigers in the wild and collectively we can make a difference.
The ZAA Wildlife Conservation Fund was established in 2001, and is designed specifically to direct resources to projects that are conserving species and habitats in the wild. In 2003, ZAA launched the WCF Tiger Campaign which raised more than AU$100,000 by seven Australasian zoos!
The Zoo and Aquarium Association would like to thank its members for their contributions to the WCF and the 21st Century Tiger, which make such a huge difference to tiger conservation.
To find out more on 21st Century Tiger and the projects it supports, please visit www.21stcenturytiger.org