Help the Tigers!

Help the Tigers!

Eugenie Kim, Journalist/ Editor

When you think of a wild cat what comes to mind? Do you think of lions, jaguars, or panthers? Well for me I think of tigers. Tigers are apex predators and are the largest living cat species and a member of the genus Panther. They are most recognizable for having orange-brown fur with dark vertical stripes and a light underside. However, as time went on, the tiger population is slowly decreasing and they are now becoming an endangered species. Therefore, let’s learn how they are extinct, the benefits of saving a tiger, and what people are doing to prevent them from going extinct.


To begin with, tigers are going extinct due to poaching (which is the illegal taking of wildlife, in violation of local, state, federal, or international law) illegal trade of tiger parts, habitat loss, and fragmentation (which is the processor state or being broken into small or separate parts.) This caused the global population of tigers from over 100,00 in the 1900s to become less than 4,000 in the 1900s. Today the IUCN considers the four of the remaining subspecies of tigers to be “critically” endangered. The IUCN is also known as the International Union for Conservation of Nature is an international organization that is working in the field of nature conservation and sustainably use natural resources. To summarize, due to pacing, illegal trade of tiger parts, habitat loss, and fragmentation tigers are going extinct.


At the same time, there are benefits of saving tigers and many people are doing actions to help prevent tigers from going extinct. Despite not being directly caused by something, tigers still save the forests which save the enforcement that is under global warming due to massive deforestation which causes trees that fall to take away the soil and leave behind a wasteland. As a result, the soil jammed up lakes and dams, reducing their ability to store water. Therefore to prevent this from happening, many people starve to stop the killing and trafficking of tigers, conduct scientific research on tigers to help inform conservation strategies, promote tiger-friendly policies, monitor tiger numbers, population trends, and threats to tigers and their habitats.


Overall, tigers are going extinct due to human activities that are harming them, however, there are benefits of saving tigers and many people are doing activities to help tigers from going extinct.