For centuries, wild tigers (Panthera Tigris) have held a special place in Asian nature and culture. These magnificent big cats are at the top of the ecological pyramid of the vast forests of the Asian region.
Three subspecies of the wild tiger have already disappeared, and the existence of the remaining six species is threatened.
There are approximately 3200-3500 individuals left in scattered populations on Earth. This is a crucial moment for wild tigers, and the fate of these animals depends on our actions or our inaction in the coming decade. Our proactive decisions should lead to the restoration of the tiger population, but if we do nothing to change the current situation, this species will disappear on the earth forever.
Tigers in the wild are endangered throughout their range.
The wild tiger is at the top of the ecosystem's food chain. This means that all nature depends on its number: if there is no tiger, there will be no nature either. To prevent such a terrible situation, there should be enough ungulates in the habitats. Tigers breed easily in captivity. However, close relatives cannot be crossed.
Currently, the wild tiger population exists in an acute shortage of suitable habitats and adequate amounts of food — wild ungulates such as Siberian stag and wild boar. Tigers are at increased risk in unprotected areas. They often go to roads, villages or logging sites. The lack of scientific knowledge in tiger biology also determines the shortcomings in approaches to tiger population management.
Due to lack of funds, many reserves are poorly protected and therefore poachers enter their territory easily. Despite the ban, the tiger skin trade has not stopped. Nowadays, a very large number of tigers have been destroyed. This animal is on the verge of extinction.
Poaching has grown up, and a black industry has emerged to sell tiger skins, claws, whiskers, fangs and other organs for traditional oriental medicine.
Continuous poaching has left tigers in the wild and their habitats on the brink of extinction. The possible extinction of tigers in the wild is a real threat to the biodiversity of the Asian region and to the vital services that tiger landscapes provide.
Humanity is losing tigers at a tremendous rate. Over the past hundred years, the number of tigers has decreased from 100.000 to about 3500 individuals. It is currently continuing to decline. In the last ten years, tiger numbers and habitats have declined by 40 percent.
Financial resources are required to create wild preserves where tiger hunt is prohibited. It is necessary to study and provide the nutrition, food resources, distribution and population dynamics of the main species of tiger prey.
First stage requires purchase of collars with GPS and satellite transmitters (from Sirtrack, New Zealand; Lotek and Telonics, the USA, Canada) to organize tracking of individual tigers' movements using satellite transmitters, photo-identification of tigers using camera traps. Finance of molecular genetic and hormonal research, veterinary examination of animals. The required amount is $900.000
Second Stage requires setting up the wildlife preserve. It includes the organization of the entire ecosystem of a large number of plants and animals, as well as the organization of infrastructure for specialists and employees of the reserve. The required amount is $19.000.000
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