Everyone has heard of tigers but how well do you really know these majestic mammals? Lets celebrate this Global Tiger Day (29 July) by shining the spotlight on our tigers!
A century ago, there were more than 100,000 tigers in the world but there are only about 3,200 tigers left in the wild today. There are 9 subspecies of tigers of which 3 are now extinct – Caspian tiger, Javan tiger and Balinese tiger. The remaining 6 subspecies are the Malayan tiger, Sumatran tiger, Bengal tiger, Siberian tiger, Indochinese tiger and South China tiger. At the rate of decline, tigers may be extinct in a few decades.
Poaching is the biggest threat for the decline of the tiger as every tiger part is exploited in the illegal wildlife trade. Tiger bones are in high demand for traditional Asian medicine, the tiger skin is viewed as a status symbol of wealth and even tiger meat is consumed!
To save these magnificent creatures from becoming extinct, NEVER buy products with tiger parts in them. If you come across illegal wildlife activities, report this crime to the local police immediately or report through the free Wildlife Witness app developed by the Taronga Conservation Society Australia in partnership with TRAFFIC.
Share this with your family and friends to save the tigers today!