As popular and loved as they are, these Asian big cats are faced with annihilation.
According to Greenpeace, there are only 400 Sumatran tigers left in the world.
On the Verge of Extinction
Tigers are prey for illegal traders and poachers. These wild cats are forced to compete for space with humans as a result of the deforestation of their natural habitat.
Three species of tigers have already become extinct in the last 70 years: Bali, Caspian and Javan.
There are only six remaining species and they are on the verge of extinction due to poaching and habitat loss.
The World Wildlife Fund provides ways you can help. Here is a link to their website: World Wildlife Fund
We Can Save Them by Stopping the Threat
The largest threat to the tiger population is poaching. Poaching of their body parts used in folk and traditional medicines is the leading direct threat to the Asian cat population.
For at least 1,000 years, tiger bones have been used in traditional Chinese medicine.
However, scientific research studies have found that current medicines perform better than the traditional medical practices of using tiger body parts.
And there’s no real need for tiger skins since people can afford to purchase clothes.
Human destruction, degrading, and fragmentation of the tiger’s habitat for roads, agriculture and timber has forced these animals into small areas making it more difficult for them to survive.
Large scale destruction of the their habitat has left them with only 7 percent of their original historic range.
As the human population grows and encroaches into natural habitats, tigers and people will compete for living space and food.
No Cost Ways You Can Help
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