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    More than five million school-age children in 15 countries will take part in the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) program to promote tiger conservation.

    More than five million school-age children in 15 countries will take part in the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) program to promote tiger conservation.

    The Youth Voices for Tigers program will be held as part of IFAW's Animal Action Week, which runs form October 4-10. This year the Animal Action Week focuses on tigers, which the organization describes as "one of the world's most iconic and endangered species."

    The event coincides with the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese zodiac and the UN International Year of Biodiversity.

    The world's wild tiger population has plunged from 100,000 to 3,000, primarily due to poaching and habitat loss over the past century, according to IFAW.

    Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, the organization rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates the protection of wildlife and habitats.

    MOSCOW, October 4 (RIA Novosti)

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