Today is International Tiger Day.
Wild tiger populations have declined to such a low number they now occupy just 7 percent of their historic geographical range. The fate of all wild tigers depends on the 40-50 populations that have a chance with careful monitoring to recover. Conservationists have been relying on outdated methods to track tigers leading to unreliable counts of the elusive big cat. New technology and insights into the threats wild tigers face are key to saving them from extinction. This is why The Tiniest Tiger is a proud supporter of Panthera.
Why is it so important to Save The Tiger?
Tiger Time reminds us why it is so important to take action to Save The Tiger now.
- There are as few as 3,000 tigers left in the wild, we have to act now or this iconic animal could be extinct in less than 20 years.
- As apex predators, tigers shape the ecosystems in which they live.
- They prevent over-grazing by limiting herbivore numbers and maintain ecological integrity.
- Tigers are solitary and have large home ranges making them excellent ‘umbrella’ species providing space for a variety of other species to flourish.
- In India, more than 350 rivers originate from tiger reserves. These reserves also sequester carbon, provide oxygen and slowly release ground water to regulate floods. Protecting the tiger will in turn protect these vital habitats.
- Protecting existing tiger habitats and the reforestation of degraded habitat may help buffer the poorest communities in Asia against the impacts of river siltation and flooding, while providing global benefits.
- Saving the tiger will help communities and local populations benefit from habitat resources and tourism.
- Man is solely responsible for the slaughter of the tiger. In the natural world the tiger’s only predator is man. We therefore must act to stop the killing and save the tiger in the wild.