Most people do not realize that we are in the midst of a mass extinction that is affecting every living thing on this planet. We are losing up to a dozen species of plant and animal every day. This rate is far faster than when the dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago. A stunningly beautiful animal like a tiger captures people’s attention so they become more willing to learn about critical conservation issues. Tigers are an important living example of the environmental problems facing the world, which makes them the perfect wildlife ambassadors. Wild tigers are currently on the brink of extinction. Due to rampant habitat destruction and poaching we may be losing a tiger a day.
For centuries humans and wild animals have co-existed in India. This is mainly because the human populations were much lower and the forest areas were large. However, over the past few decades, the human population has grown manifold, thereby creating great pressure on forest resources. The habitat destruction and deforestation are growing at a rapid pace.
With rapid increase in population, man, who is instinctively desirous of possessions, is stretching towards the forests and destroying the richness of fauna in the jungles.
For this, both the Government as well as the Citizens of India is to blame. They have never thought of determining the limits of expansion of urbanisation. Perhaps, the general feeling is, ‘bigger the better’……
( Even the dense forest gets converted into cities at his bid, the human being snatches even the dwellings of the birds)
Please, Control population explosion.
Sumatran tiger quick facts
Projects we support: Tiger-human conflict mitigation, Tiger & prey research
In the tropical forests of Sumatra, the smallest subspecies of tiger is losing ground to habitat loss and poaching. Considered “critically endangered”, Sumatran tigers may number only 300 in the wild. But it’s difficult to monitor these secretive animals and their prey in the dense forest. And when Sumatran tigers leave the forest to hunt wild pigs near villages, they often come into conflict with people, get caught in snares, and are more susceptible to poaching.
In Sumatra, our campaign is supporting the Wildlife Conservation Society’s efforts to reduce tiger-human conflict by constructing tiger-proof livestock pens in villages, increasing outreach and awareness, and responding with veterinary assistance to tigers caught in snares. Also, tiger and prey research will monitor population trends, evaluate the effectiveness of conservation strategies, and identify threats.
To find out more, download our campaign materials:
Description of Sumatran tiger projects