Why Should We Save Tigers?

There are as few as 3,500 tigers left in the wild, we have to act now or this iconic animal could be extinct in less than 20 years (another reports mentioned in less than 15 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.

Tiger 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. It is our collective responsibility to stop the killing and save the tiger in the wild.

Source: Tiger Time

 

History of World Tiger Day

International Tiger Day is celebrated on July 29 with an aim of increasing awareness towards the conservation of tigers worldwide. This day was first started and celebrated in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit and was conceptualized when experts realized that tigers were very close to extinction. Many animal welfare organizations came forward to pledge the protection of these beautiful creatures by helping to raise funds. The main goal of Tiger Day is to make sure that the protection and expansion of wild tiger habitats is promoted well. And this can happen only with the right awareness for tiger conservation.

Some of the main reasons that led to the dwindling number of tigers are climate change, poaching and urbanization (in Indonesia’s context adds deforestation).

Urbanization – and deforestation – lead to forests shrinking and prey becoming scarce for tigers. This makes the tigers hunt in nearby villages for domestic livestock and in retaliation by humans the tigers are killed. The other main reason climate change also has a big contribution towards the decrease in tigers. Rising sea levels threaten the existence of forests and their wildlife habitats including tigers. Some reports go to the extent of claiming that tigers will become extinct in another 15 years.

Source: World Tiger Day