Between the 6 recognized subspecies there are only about 3900 total tigers remaining in the wild, and they inhabit about 6% of their historic global distribution. Numbers are down more than 95% from what they were at the start of the 20th century, mainly due to habitat destruction, human-wildlife conflict, and illegal wildlife trade. Tigers are a keystone species; when they are doing well it creates a snowball effect: keeping prey species under control, maintaining vital forests and vegetation, and in turn supporting water sources and croplands. So, protecting Tigers helps provide resources for many other species, including humans! Thanks to many hard-working people and organizations, like @world_wildlife and San Diego Zoo Global @wildlife_conservancy, numbers are actually starting to increase again. However, there is still a lot more work to be done if we want to save this remarkable and magnificent cat.
Check out these links to see what you can do to help out. Let’s do this together, save the stripes!
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