is an Endangered species?
Endangered means danger of the species becoming extinct
or dying out.
are facing major population losses & extinction. Tigers
are killed for sport, skins & body parts. The 1950s
saw extinction of the Caspian tiger. The Bali and
tiger are also extinct. The last Bali tiger was killed
in 1937; the last Javan tiger was seen in 1972. India
today has the largest number of tigers, with between
3,600 to 4,000. The South China tiger (20-30 are
is nearly extinct in the wild.
for the Endangered Status
The Bengal tiger is endangered because it is poached
for its body parts to cater to an illegal market. Another
reason is habitat loss due to depletion of forest cover
interference of humans
and encrochment of forest land by people causing fragmentation.
At the turn of the century, there were almost reportedly 40,000
tigers in India, but now only around 4,000 remain in
Why Save Tigers?
Tiger is symbol of wilderness and well-being of the
ecosystem. By conserving and saving tigers the entire
wilderness ecosystem is conserved. In nature, barring
human beings and their domesticates, rest of the ecosystem
is wild. Hence conserving wilderness is important and
crucial to maintain the life support system. So saving
tiger amounts to saving the ecosystem which is crucial
for man's own survival.