01 Aug '11, 12am

Vietnam's tiger population hits crisis point

Vietnam's tiger population hits crisis point

The WWF said there were 100 wild tigers in Viet Nam 10 years ago. The conservation body said the number of tigers across the world has decreased by 97 per cent since 1900 --PHOTO: REUTERS JUST 30 wild tigers survive today in Vietnam out of 3,200 across the world, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The WWF said there were 100 wild tigers in Viet Nam 10 years ago. The conservation body said the number of tigers across the world has decreased by 97 per cent since 1900. The main reason for the diminishing tiger population is deforestation, said Do Quang Tung, deputy director of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) Viet Nam. The growing human population has also put pressure on tiger numbers, he added, as has illegal hunting and trafficking. Meanwhile, Nick Cox, WWF's manager of protected areas, species and wildlife trade, said Vietnam wa...

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