Conservation is Working
None of the three species is classified as more critically endangered today than they were in 1996.
The tiger (Panthera tigris) was classified as Endangered (EN) in 1996, and it continues to be listed as endangered. But there is positive news about the tiger. According to a statement from WWF in 2016, the number of wild tigers is increasing: “After a century of decline, tiger numbers are on the rise. At least 3,890 tigers remain in the wild, but much more work is needed to protect this species that’s still vulnerable to extinction.”
According to IUCN Red List, the giant panda was classified as Endangered (EN) in 1996. In 2015, the giant panda was classified in the less critical status of Vulnerable (VU).
The black rhino continues to be classified as Critically Endangered (CR) but there is positive news about their numbers. The International Rhino Foundation states that wild populations are slowly increasing, estimating the population at 5,042–5,455 in their annual report for 2016.
Conservation based on sound knowledge has helped prevent extinction and improve population levels of many species. Successful intervention includes species recovery programmes, establishment of protected areas, and restoration of ecosystems.