Friday, June 18, 2010

Tigers facing extinction

2010 is the Year of the Tiger. However, fewer than 3,500 tigers are left in the wild.

* Today tigers are found in only 12 range states, less than 7% of their original range.
* There are currently 6 tiger subspecies under threat, with three tiger subspecies extinct.
* Wild tiger numbers have dropped by 97% in the past 100 years.

These threats are causing a decline in Tiger numbers:

* Poaching of tigers for skins and body parts used in traditional Asian medicines.
* Habitat loss due to agriculture, clearing of forests for the timber trade and rapid development, especially road networks.
* Tigers are increasingly coming into conflict with humans as they stray into areas close to villages, because of habitat loss.

Wild tiger numbers are at their lowest level ever. We must aim to more than double the wild tiger population by the next Year of the Tiger in 2022.

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1 comment:

Mike's Vent Cleaning said...

It is sad and not quite expected of the modern advancement that we claim to have achieved.It is also sad that there are miscreants trying to harm the nature even today instead of saving it.