Venture Capitalists Pledge $10 Million to Save the Tiger

"Conservation-minded venture capitalists have pledged $10 million to support a scientific effort aimed at saving tigers. In a twist for science, specific results have been promised in what researchers are calling a business plan for the big cats.

The effort, started yesterday and led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), is called Tigers Forever. The scientists say proper conservation could increase tiger numbers across a dozen sites from 800 to 1,200. The program's predictions are based on successes in bolstering tiger populations in India's Nagarahole National Park and the Russian Far East.

Experts do not know how many tigers remain in the wild, but they believe there are only 3,000 to 5,000 left..."

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