TigerTime

What is TigerTime?

TigerTime is our innovative campaign to protect tigers in the wild. We are calling for a total and comprehensive ban in the trade of all tiger parts and their derivatives.

TigerTime exposes the key threats facing wild tiger populations around the world, calling for the closure of tiger breeding farms and the reduction of illegal poaching and trafficking of wild tigers.

“We can talk all day long about how to save the tiger – but the truth is simple; the killing has to stop. I’m not prepared to see tigers lost to the world and I want everyone who shares my view to stand with me and be heard.”

David Shepherd, Founder of DSWF

Which is why we created TigerTime

Just over a hundred years ago, nine subspecies of tiger roamed the Asian wilderness, with an estimated population of over 100,000 tigers.

Shockingly, in less than 100 years, tigers have lost 93% of their historical range, wild populations have plummeted by over 96% and we have witnessed the extinction of three subspecies. Tigers are now in dire need of protection – which is why DSWF has created TigerTime.

Find out more about our work with tigers.

What is TigerTime campaigning for?

TigerTime addresses these appalling statistics by supporting ground-based conservation initiatives, calling for urgent action and by campaigning internationally for a total ban in the trade of tiger parts and their derivatives across the world.

The illegal wildlife trade, estimated to be worth $19 billion a year and driven by consumer demand, is the main driver behind the decimation of tiger populations in the wild.

Through TigerTime, we are campaigning for a total ban in the trade of all tiger parts and their derivatives and expose the major threats facing wild tiger populations. We are also calling for the closure of tiger breeding and captive tiger farms which add undue pressure onto wild populations and stimulate consumer demand for tiger products.

How does TigerTime protect tigers in the wild?

Through TigerTime, we are increasing public awareness, exposing the threats facing wild tigers generating effective action towards positive change.

We encourage and enable people to get involved, from grassroots initiatives through fundraising and message-sharing, to the world stage, empowering governments and key stakeholders.

TigerTime has six clear campaign goals:

  1. To increase global exposure and awareness of the threats facing wild tigers
  2. To direct government attention towards tiger conservation and the severity of the situation, calling for urgent action
  3. To increase social and civil action and attention to save tigers and build global media attention
  4. To fight for the full closure (or commitment to closure) of tiger farm, or a breeding programme phase-out
  5. To increase law enforcement efforts aimed at reducing the illegal poaching and trafficking of wild tigers, their parts and derivatives in tiger range states and through cross-border investigations and transit routes
  6. To increase support of ground-based conservation initiatives to protect the world’s remaining wild tiger populations.

How can you help?

Fundraise  – You can help fund our work to save the tiger by holding your own events – it’s fun and easy to do! Small sums of money raised across the world really add up and make a huge difference.

Contact Your Local MP

Political support is vital: we need politicians to recognise that there is a problem and that urgent action is needed to save the wild tiger before it’s too late. You have the right to contact your MP or elected representative about any issue that you think they should focus on.

Get in touch and tell them that as a member of their constituency, you think they should be involved with and support TigerTime. Tiger trade is a global problem which needs global action.

You can find the details of your current local MP by using this parliamentary searching tool and entering your postcode. If you are not based in the UK, please find your local politician or elected representative through your country’s government website.

If you receive a response, please forward it to dswf@davidshepherd.org.