Tigers & Other Asian Big Cats

With fewer than 4,000 wild tigers remaining across their Asian territory, the species is at a tipping point.

Habitat destruction, prey decline and the illegal trade in tiger parts and derivatives have left it teetering on the brink of extinction.

The continued demand for the skins for luxury home décor and for the bones and body parts of tigers and other Asian big cats used in traditional Chinese medicine threatens to wipe them out faster than any other threat.

The same threats to the tiger also put other Asian big cats – leopards, snow leopards, clouded leopards and Asiatic lions – at risk, as well as the many other denizens of the tiger’s forests.

EIA’s campaign launched in 1996 to secure the necessary political will to save the wild tiger, a goal requiring a real commitment to good governance and anti-corruption at all levels of government.

We have partnered with the Wildlife Protection Society of India to expose the trans-Himalayan trade in the skins of tigers and other Asian big cats conducted by organised transnational criminal networks emerging between India, Nepal, Tibet and China.

Tiger ‘farming’ is an increasingly key concern with facilities throughout China, Thailand, Vietnam and Lao PDR breeding tigers for commercial purposes to trade their parts and products.