Tigers could be extinct within 20 years
Tigers are one of the big cats that are endangered and urgently need our help in the wild. Due to poaching, habitat destruction and tigers being used for medicine we have lost 97% of wild tigers. Unfortunately there is a demand for tiger skins, bones and traditional medicine. Their parts are sent off to be used in illegal wildlife markets. If we not do not help them now tigers could be extinct within 20 years!!
It has been estimated tigers could be more then 2 million years old. The tiger is the largest big cat species. The Sumatran Tiger is the smallest out of the subspecies and the Amur Tiger is the largest. There are 6 species of tiger including Sumatran, Amur, Bengal, Indochinese, South China and Malayan Tiger. Each tiger has their own unique stripe to help with camouflage from prey.
One of the organisations that does wonderful work and conservation projects for wild tigers is 21st Century Tiger. Since they started in 1997 it is one of the top seven tiger funding agencies. Crissie and Esther from the organisation are based at ZSL London Zoo. Some of the projects they fund include anti poaching and monitoring tigers in Russia and Parsa Wildlife Reserve in Nepal. Their projects have helped tiger numbers increase in Nepal the past 3 years. Organisations such as 21st Century Tiger give tigers some hope for the future. Without organisations like these, tigers would probably be extinct in the wild which would be very sad, a world without tigers is unimaginable. For more information on conservation projects they fund please visit their website www.21stcenturytiger.org
Tigers are very special animals and an icon in the big cat world. In 2016 it was announced that tiger numbers have increased which is great news for the population and will hopefully help the survival of the species.
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