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Edward Van Buren


This report will examine the conservation status of the tiger and measures that have been taken to protect wild populations. A discussion of its ecology and behavior is included to convey the variety of needs that are associated with establishing areas that can sustain viable populations. A look at the main threats that tigers face is crucial to understanding the conservation strategies that should be employed, and so these points will also be addressed. Focal to the report, however, will be the efforts of Panthera and its emergence onto the conservation scene as an organization that can be considered the first of its kind. Their flagship program for tigers, called ‘Tigers Forever’, epitomizes their uniqueness and effectiveness as a conservation-based non-profit and will be used as the case study for evaluating their work.