Save Tigers Samhita Ramji, 4B
The tiger, is one of the most magnificent animals in the
world, and is also one of the most endangered. A cat of
beauty, strength, and majesty, the tiger is master of all
and subject to none -- except humans. Of the eight
original subspecies of tigers, three have become extinct
within the last 60 years and they are the Bali, Javan, and
Caspian tigers ; and there are less than 50 South China
tigers left on this planet.
There are five different kinds or subspecies of tiger
alive in the world today. These tigers are called
Siberian, South China, Indochinese, Bengal, and
Sumatran. Only about 5,000 to 7,400 tigers are left in
At the turn of the 20th century, India had
40,000 tigers in the wild. In 2002, there were 3,642 and
today we are just left with 1,411 tigers, a number so small
that they will be gone soon if we don’t wake up to the
Poachers are continuing to exterminate the world's
remaining Tigers.There is demand for the skins, teeth
and claws of tigers for medicinal purposes. Land is
cleared for agriculture and forest fires threaten the
existence of tigers.
Why Should We Save the Tiger?
Saving the tiger means saving mankind..
Not only is tiger a beautiful animal but it is also the
indicator of the forest's health. Saving the tiger
means we save the forest since tiger cannot live in
places where trees have vanished and in turn
secure food and water for all.
If we make sure tigers live, we have to make sure
that deer, antelope and all other animals that the
tiger eats (its prey base) live. To make sure that
these herbivores live, we must make sure that all
the trees, grass and other plants that these prey
animals need for food are protected. In this way,
the whole forest gets saved! Saving the tiger means
saving its entire forest kingdom with all the other
animals in it.
Also forests catch and help store rainwater and
protect soils. In this way we protect our rivers and
recharge groundwater sources. Areas with less
trees lead to floods, killing people and destroying
homes. It takes away the precious soil, leaving
behind a wasteland. The soil jams up our lakes and
dams, reducing their ability to store water. By
destroying the tiger's home, we not only harm
tigers, but also ourselves.
The tiger thus becomes the symbol for the
protection of all species on our earth since it is at
the top of the food chain. This is why we
sometimes call the tiger, an apex predator, an
indicator of our ecosystem's health
When we protect one tiger, we protect about a 100
sq. km of area and thus save other species living in
its habitat. Therefore, it’s not just about saving a
beautiful animal. It is about making sure that we
live a little longer, so that this planet can still be
home to everyone.
• What Needs to be Done to Save the Tiger?
Create worldwide awareness that Tigers are an endangered
species and work together to conserve.
• Conserve resources and do not clear up land for
agriculture because it endangers the Tiger’s habitat.
• Ban poaching
• Increase fire protection of forests
Do You Think We Should Save Tigers????