Outgoing World Bank President Robert Zoellick has been a powerful advocate for the world's tigers, conservationists say, using the animal as a figurehead for the bank's broader efforts to protect biodiversity. "They are an iconic indicator of the pressure biodiversity is facing," says Keshav Varma, head of the bank's Global Tiger Initiative. "If it were not for the tigers you would not know what is happening to the forests," Varma adds.

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