Did you know that the largest cat species has a total length of about 3.38m that is 11.1 ft and weighs as much as 388.7 kg which translates to 857 lb? If you did not, now you know. Panther Tigris better known as the Tiger is the largest cat in the world. Many people will confuse it for a cheetah but remember that tigers feature a pattern of dark vertical stripes and they also have reddish- orange fur and are lighter on the underside. These solitary yet social territorial animals are a true sight to behold.
Why are they endangered
Like man special and beautiful animals in the world, the Tiger is also an endangered animal facing the risk of becoming extinct in the next few years if something is not done fast. Tigers have historically been indigenous across Asian countries, Turkey from the west and to the eastern coast of Russia. The fact that this animal was indigenous in areas where the population is dense and it hunts and eats prey like people created a human- tiger conflict that has seen it become endangered as people try to find land for agriculture and skin to make fashionable clothes. Basically, like many animals, this too is on the verge of extinction because people are selfish and just want to make money at the expense of anything they can get their hands on.
Tigers are hunted for their pelts, meat and some body parts that are used for folk medicine. In some cases tigers died from the destruction of the forest which they live and thus luck a stable habitat. Lack of food is also a great problem for them, and one that continues to heighten the conflict between this precious animal and humans. Humans, especially in India, have continuously hunted deer and other wild cattle that have served as food for the tiger for years. Having no food, they may die from starvation or be killed as they try to feed from domestic cattle reared by humans or even feed on the humans themselves.
How serious is it, really?
Up until the 20th century, there were nine subspecies of tigers which all totaled over 100, 000 tigers in the whole world. The giants Siberian that weighed 660 pounds and Caspian and the tiny tiger that weighed 200 pounds called the Balinese tiger have since become extinct, it is also on debate if the south china tigers still exists and no one has seen one in years. This means there are about 5 or 6 tiger subspecies left in the world and only a total of 4,500 tigers: possibly less. While all the remaining subspecies are considered endangered, two are critically endangered.
What can you do to help these animals?
The fact that most of our grandchildren will hear about tigers the way we heard about dinosaurs, as just stories of past civilizations is extremely sad. The beauty this animals bring to the world and the stability the help maintain in the wild should not be taken for granted. If anything we should all strive to save this animal. One way to do this is to learn as much about tigers as possible. After all knowledge is power. Because the passing of information today is very easy- just a click of a button- you should be an ambassador of the wild. Inform others and tell a friend to tell a friend. In the end the circle of information and guilt will lead people into finding ways to stop poachers when they see them.
Another way is to donate money towards conservation organization. This is a great way of ensuring that it is not just the tigers that are saved, but other animals too. Not all of us can protect tigers in our back yards, helping those who can will literary be saving nature.
Another great way to show support? Do not buy any tiger products at all. This will make it harder for poachers to find he market for this items and thus they will find other trades to invest in. true, tiger products are beautiful and sometimes one just cannot help wearing tiger printed fur during winter but think about it, the only difference between you and that poacher is that they physically shed the blood.