How to Save Tigers - International Tiger Day and Climate Change
July 29, 2015.
Tigers are magnificent creatures.
And we need to do everything we can to save them.
Over the past century, 1/3 of existing tiger species went extinct and wild tiger populations decreased by almost 97%. Despite conservation efforts, humans continue to further this population decline by harming tigers and their habitats, and now climate change is only going to add to the problem.
But there's good news too.
Lot's of fantastic organizations are stepping in to protect habitats and lead conservation efforts.
To help raise awareness for these issues, International Tigers Day was founded during the 2010 Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit. It is now celebrated every July 29th in hopes of promoting the protection of tigers and their habitats. It's a great way to raise awareness about efforts to conserve tigers so be sure to help spread the message by using #tigerday on social media.
Large-scale international preservation campaigns also include India’s Project Tiger, launched in 1973, which works to support tiger reserves; and Russia’s Siberian Tiger Project, launched in 1992, which collects scientific data on tiger ecology to assist conservation efforts.
Prominent U.S. based initiatives include Panthera’s Tigers Forever project, the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Tiger Conservation Campaign, and various programs sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund. WWF initiatives include Tx2, a campaign which hopes to double wild tiger numbers by the next Year of the Tiger (2022), and Save Tigers Now, a collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio that works to achieve the same goal.
The preservation of tiger habitats is extremely important, especially in preventing conflict between tigers and mankind. When habitats are degraded, living space becomes restricted and proximity to humans increases, posing many hazards to the survival of wild tigers. Not only do they consequently face a greater vulnerability to pouching, but limited food availability forces tigers to hunt livestock, which causes concerned farmers to capture or kill them.
One of the biggest current threats to tiger habitats however is climate change, as rising sea levels could wipe out most of the limited areas that remain. One of the most vulnerable habitats is located in the Sundarbans, a mangrove forest on the coast of the Indian Ocean. Since this forest is home to one of the largest remaining tiger populations, any threat to it is cause for alarm. In fact, a World Wildlife study found that if no significant climate action is taken and sea levels rise at projected rates (up to 11 inches by 2070), the Sundarbans tiger population could face a massive drop, with only 20 breeding tigers surviving.
This connection between climate change and tigers is not an unusual one – climate change has been linked to the endangerment and extinction of many species, ranging from sea turtles to pandas. This rapid and widespread phenomenon is extremely problematic for Earth’s biodiversity, ecosystems, and future generations.
You can also help make a positive impact every day simply by living sustainably. Indeed, by taking personal action to lower your carbon footprint, you can benefit tigers and other threatened species by helping to mitigate climate impacts such as sea level rise.
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