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Tigers have been enigmatic emblems of power, beauty, stealth, strength, and survival in Asian cultures and wilderness for centuries. But even their status as one of the planet’s fiercest predators has not saved them from their greatest enemy: humans.

The number of wild tigers has crashed in the last century and without immediate action, they could be extinct within the next decade. As a founding member of the Global Tiger Initiative, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, in partnership with the World Bank, tiger range countries and other conservation organizations is leading a global effort to save tigers.

In a race to save the remaining 3,200 wild tigers and rehabilitate the population throughout Asia, the Global Tiger Initiative and SCBI's Tiger Conservation Partnership are mobilizing transnational support and building the necessary political will in the final fight to save tigers.

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