It appears that despite recent conservation projects aimed at protecting tigers that the world’s tiger population is still declining. The World Wildlife Fund has warned that the world’s tiger population may have halved in the last ten years. They have also said that there might only be 3,500 tigers left in the wild and have warned that one species in South China, could soon be extinct. The main threat to tigers appears to be the demand for their body parts which are used in traditional Chinese medicine with destruction of habitat also being a factor. A survey has found that despite being on the red list of critically endangered species the body parts of Sumatran tigers are being offered on open sale in Indonesia. One in ten retail outlets surveyed in 28 cities and towns across Sumatra were found to be selling tiger body parts. The lead author of the survey Julia Ng said “Sadly, the decline in availability appears to be due only to the dwindling number of tigers left in the wild.” It seems this lack of enforcement will soon mean an end to the wild tiger population. You can read more about ending the tiger trade and what you can do to help here at the WWF website.