Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Chinese Premier Wen Jibao have vowed, along with other Asian leaders, to try to double the wild tiger population by 2022.
A mere 3,200 wild tigers roam the earth and those that do are under constant threat from poachers who supply tiger parts for traditional medicines and aphrodisiacs.
Vladimir Putin made it clear that conservation is a global concern:
“What everybody understands is that we not only deal with some specific animal, the tiger, this is all about our understanding, our global understanding, at the highest level, of the necessity to preserve our wildlife.”
Measures adopted to throw the big cat a lifeline include preserving tiger habitats and a global crackdown on poaching backed by Interpol and the United Nations.
If nothing is done the magnificent beast could be extinct by the end of the decade.