Saving the Tiger
Coming together for tigers
People all over the world are very worried about the tiger. It is against the law in every country to kill a tiger, because tigers are an endangered species.
In November, world leaders and conservation groups met in Russia to figure out how to save the tiger. Leaders hope to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022. Governments, especially those in countries where tigers still roam, have promised their full support.
Time is running out
Environmental groups and national and local governments are working together to set up
preserves, or protected areas, for tigers. They are also working to save forests and grasslands, and the prey in those areas, so tigers can reproduce safely.
Stopping poachers is one of the top concerns. Caring people are raising money for more guards and training them to protect tigers from poachers.
Taking immediate steps
We can save tigers if we can keep them safe long enough for their numbers to increase. Some of the steps people around the world are taking include:
• Panthera has helped set up the world’s largest tiger preserve, about the size of Vermont, in Myanmar.
• Thailand is paying for the foot patrols protecting tigers there.
• Panthera’s Tigers Forever program is helping to protect tigers from the main threats across Asia.
The tiger is a keystone species. This means it is an animal that the whole ecosystem depends on. (A keystone is a stone at the top of an arch. It holds the other pieces in place.) If the tiger were to disappear, prey animals such as deer would increase. Too many deer can spread disease and eat crops.
There once were nine types, or subspecies, of tigers. Three of those types are already extinct.