What: Smithsonian's Tiger Conservation Partnership -- Global Tiger Initiative
Tigers in the wild are at the brink of extinction. In the past century, tiger numbers have plummeted from 100,000 to less than 3,200 and continue to fall. Tiger numbers have declined by 40 percent in the last decade alone as the result of habitat loss, poaching, the illegal wildlife trade and human-tiger conflict. Three subspecies of tiger have already disappeared and none of the remaining six is secure. The Smithsonian Tiger Conservation Partnership works with the World Bank Group, along with other organizations, under the Global Tiger Initiative to double the tiger population by 2022, the next year of the tiger. At the tiger summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, in November 2010, the heads of the governments from 13 tiger-range countries expressed their political commitment for securing and restoring the habitat and accomplishing this goal. STCP’s role is to help tiger-range countries build the institutional and individual capacity to improve their management skills and ultimately stabilize and restore wild tiger populations.
Mahendra Shrestha recently joined SCBI as the program director for STCP. A native of eastern Nepal, he comes to SCBI with a strong background in tiger conservation, ranging from park management to policymaking. Shrestha will discuss the work of GTI and the Smithsonian’s partnership to reduce poaching, increase habitat, improve training in tiger-range countries and provide communication globally among tiger conservationists.
When: September 28, 2011. 6:30 p.m.
Where: Samuels Public Library, Front Royal, Va.
What: US Postal Service and US Fish & Wildlife Service are sending a message for conservation. The two organizations are launching a stamp featuring an Amur tiger cub as part of the Save Vanishing Species series at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. The stamp will help support conservation efforts.
When: September 20, 2011. 10:30 a.m.
Where: Great Cats exhibit, Smithsonian's National Zoo