It’s Up to You to Save the Tigers
News| | By Robin Milling
Tigers are one of the most majestic creatures in the wild and unless we act, they may not survive the coming decades.
Here are a couple of fun facts about tigers . It’s the largest cat species, easily recognizable for their dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur. In the early 1900s, there were around 100,000 tigers throughout their range. Today, an estimated total of around 3,000-4,000 exist in the wild. If you do the math that’s only four percent of the total tigers over 100 years ago.
The tiger is minding it’s own business living on instinct, but us humans had to go and interfere, over-developing their habitat; not to mention killing them for sport and tiger rugs. Big cats need plenty of space to roam freely to hunt prey, which is impossible with burgeoning towns and cities in between protected lands.
It’s time to save tigers from complete extinction, restoring their population once again.
According to a story from APlus there are many ways we can help, beginning with educating people about the tiger’s plight.
Most of us only know about tigers from admiring their beauty from afar or seeing them in movies such as Life of Pi; even though that was a very realistic digital rendition. There are several organizations that you can donate to, sign petitions, and learn about the threats tigers face. A few are Save The Tiger Fund and Save Tigers Now.
Stop butchering tigers for their parts.
Believe it or not, because of the tiger’s strength and power, the Chinese culture still maintains that the tiger has mythical medicinal qualities. Endangered tiger parts such as bones, eyes, whiskers and teeth are used to treat ailments and disease ranging from insomnia and malaria, to meningitis and bad skin. Fortunately there are already laws in place to ban tiger trade such as the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), but you can start your own petition at Care 2 asking Congress to increase funding for efforts to halt wildlife trafficking.
And when all else fails we can turn to celebrities like The Birds star Tippi Hedron who founded the Shambala Preserve in Acton, California in 1983. Hedron has been selflessly saving the tigers for over 40 years. Most recently she refused to evacuate the animals despite raging wild fires known as the Sand Fire.
She told WENN, “I was asked to leave by Chris Gallucci (Shambala Director), which I declined. The knowledge of these amazing men and women is to be commended. The animals did not have to be put through the dangerous and agonizing stress of evacuation.”