Save The Tiger
Once, there were 8 subspecies of tiger, now only 5 subspecies remain, in India, Sumatra, China and several other countries; around 7% of their historical range. Approximately 5000 of these magnificent animals survive in the wild, making their future incredibly bleak if action is not taken soon.
Reasons for these low numbers include poaching for skins and Traditional Chinese Medicine, fragmentation of their habitat and shooting by farmers for attacks on livestock. Conflicts between humans and tigers have occured due to their close proximity - with deforestation for development of agriculture and timber industry, tigers have to survive on whatever prey they can find.
Tigers bring tourists to less developed areas of it's range, making it's prescence beneficial for inhabitants of such countries. The tiger is a flagship species for conservation, and if we cannot save such a charismatic and beautiful animal, little hope remains for other, less recognised species. Please, pledge to save this species, the most bewitching of big cats, and defy those who believe the tiger will be extinct by 2010