Tigers are self sufficient, courageous predators that know what they want and know how to get it. This makes them quite formidable in competition.
WHERE THEY ARE FOUND
Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, and Thailand.
WHY THEY ARE IMPORTANT
As well as being a majestic animal, in their role as top predator, tigers keep their habitat healthy by stabilizing the populations of quick breeding grazing animals such as deer. These grass eaters would overgraze and create imbalance in the habitat if their numbers went unchecked.
HOW THEY ARE THREATENED BY ILLEGAL TRADE
Poaching is the leading threat to wild tigers. It is believed that there are many medicinal beliefs attached to the body parts particularly tiger bone.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
learn more about how many animals, like tigers, are a symbol of the health of the forests they inhabit; these same forests secure water, mitigate climate change, and provide a host of natural resources required for healthy human populations. So when we protect magnificent species we are also ensuring our own health and well-being.
CITES Listing: Tigers have been included in Appendix I since the beginning of the Convention in 1975, with the exception of Panthera tigtis altaica (Siberian Tiger), which was listed in Appendix II. All tiger sub-species were included in Appendix I in 1987. International commercial trade in specimens of tigers is prohibited.
The world’s tiger population fell by 97% in the last century, from 100,000 to 3,500 and there are now more captive tigers in each of the US and China than are remaining in the wild.