A FEW AS 1411 TIGERS LEFT ..
A hundred years ago there were 100,000 tigers in the wild. Today there are as few as 1,411. The tigers once roamed the earth freely throughout Asia in the 1900s. TODAY, there are as few as 1,411 left in the wild. Only 7% of historic tiger habitat still contains tigers. The Tigers in the wild signifies, healthy livelihood, protects the genetic diversity. Nature balances with the right proportion of predators for prey. Therefore, the healthy presence of tiger population indicates healthy forests.
The illegal poaching of tigers for their parts poses the largest threat to tiger survival. Tigers are being hunted to extinction by poachers for their skins, bones, teeth and claws .
Despite the fact that all international commercial trade of tigers has been banned since 1987, some countries allow the breeding of captive tigers on a commercial scale. In many cases, products from these tigers are winding up on the black market.
Tigers in Captivity in the US
The United States has one of the largest populations of captive tigers in the world − estimated at perhaps 5,000 tigers. Its is easier to buy a tiger than to adopt a dog from a local animal shelter.
As the human population grows, we are encroaching further into tiger habitat, causing increased competition between tigers and people over living space and food .
THERE IS HOPE…
Tigers can breed quickly and successfully if we provide them with protected habitat and ample prey.
ONGOING PROJECTS –
- GTF – Portfolio of Services for TRCs : GTF offers a number of services to the TRCs for Tiger conservation
- Tiger Watch : Annually co-organize a “Tiger Watch” program in India, under which Field Officers from Russia visit tiger reserves in India.
- Monitoring of the Global Tiger Recovery Program : an objective of the projects is to establish a technical and institutional foundation for an effective collaboration among the Tiger Range Countries
Why Should You Care About Tigers?
HEALTHY TIGER POPULATIONS = HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS
A HOME FOR TIGERS = A HOME FOR OTHERS
Large predators like tigers are an “umbrella species” and protecting them benefits hundreds of other species, including other endangered creatures that share tiger habitat and form biodiversity, a keystone to keeping our planet healthy.
Projects like WWF and GOBAL TIGER FOR FORUM are working toward s the survival of these tigers. They need the support of people to save these majestic species.
WWF’s goal is to double the number of tigers by 2022.
Every little bit helps. You can speak up about the cause. You can write or blog about our tigers. Even staying up-to-date with tiger facts like knowledge of tiger sanctuaries, their population, news updates, etc. helps. You can also donate money to NGOs working for the cause, like WWF-India.
Say NO to Tiger Products
Travel to Tiger Country: Income from tourism at tiger reserves can be critical to building support among local communities for tiger protection.
Now just 1411 left…..
- “Tigers Forever” (bhaskars560.wordpress.com)
- Leonardo DiCaprio Donates $3 Million to Double Nepal’s Tiger Population by 2022 (inhabitat.com)
- Tiger census gets under way in Karnataka (thehindu.com)
- ExtROARdinary Tigers (preethiprakash.wordpress.com)