On 29th July, we are going to take part in an international event to support tiger conservation across the world. You may be shocked to realize that we have lost 97% of all wild tigers. Worldwide, tigers are on the brink of extinction with many species listed as Endangered or Critically Endangered. The goal of the day is to raise public awareness of tiger conservation issues, and to work to find a way to halt their rapid decline. This is an annual event that we will be taking part in for the first time. The day was first celebrated in 2010 following the Tiger Summit held in St. Petersburg. Since then, many animal welfare organizations have come forward to pledge their support in efforts to protect of these beautiful creatures by helping to raise funds and awareness for tiger conservation worldwide.
Did you know?
- Each tiger has a unique set of stripes which makes it individually identifiable in the wild
- Unlike most cats, tigers like the water and are excellent swimmers
- Tigers are the biggest of all cats – males can grow to over 10 feet from head to tails and weigh up to 660 pounds!
- Tigers are solitary creatures living and hunting alone
- A tiger’s ‘roar’ can be heard from as far as 3km away!
- There are six sub-species of tiger – Bengal, South China, Indochinese, Malayan, Sumatran and Siberian
- A group of tigers is known as an ambush or a streak
- White tigers carry a gene that is only present in 1 in 10,000 tigers
- Unfortunately there are more tigers held as pets than there are in the wild
- The roar in Disney’s The Lion King was actually a tiger’s because lions’ roars aren’t as powerful!
4 ways climate change is having an effect on tigers:
- Rising sea levels – They rely on the forest level floors to hunt and also drown out their fresh drinking sources with salt water. This forces the tigers to move to higher ground from fresh water resources which escalates conflicts with communities already living there.
- Deforestation – Cutting down forests accelerates climate change and pushes tigers to the brink of extinction. Palm oil plantations are replacing Indonesia’s forests and leaves the tigers out in the open and more vulnerable to illegal wildlife trafficking.
- Temperature changes – Altering temperatures are altering the habitats for Siberian tigers in Russia and China, this results in fewer prey for hungry tigers that hunt in pine forests.
- Natural disasters – As climate change accelerates, scientists predict more frequent forest fires which can be deadly for tigers, as drier and hotter wildfire seasons take place. Climate change can also bring in large storms with can force tigers out of their home or drown them.
*the map above shows the range of tigers from the past to present, yellow= past & red= present*
There are many things you can do to support the protection of these majestic animals from buying forest-friendly products to prevent deforestation to promoting awareness via social media and petitions. Sustainable tourism has a positive effect on tiger conservation as it puts money and resources in the right place to protect these species. We hope that with continued support and conservation we might see a rise in tiger population across the world and that these animals will be around in the wild for future generations to appreciate. Click here to donate to the conservation of these beautiful creatures!