March 3 is World Wildlife Day. According to the UN, “World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. At the same time, the Day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.”
To help celebrate this important day, we’re presenting some of our favorite stories of animals who faced down extinction but beat the odds to make an incredible comeback.
Siberian Tigers (aka Amur tigers)
In the 1940’s Siberian tigers were at a critical point. According to Panthera, it was estimated that there were only 20 to 30 individuals left. Fortunately, Russia outlawed the hunting of tigers in 1947, and tiger populations began to recover.
Today, it’s estimated there are between 350 and 400 individuals in the wild, but their recovery is complicated by poaching and continually threatened habitat.