Essay about Endangered Tigers

1035 Words Jul 3rd, 2012 5 Pages
Endangered Tigers Today wild tigers exist in Eastern Russia, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, North Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bhutan, India and Nepal. In order to live in the wild, tigers need water to drink, animals to hunt, and vegetation in which to hide. As the mountains, jungles, forests, and long grasses that have long been home to tigers disappear, so too, do tigers. Agricultural expansion, timber cutting, new roads, human settlement, industrial expansion and hydroelectric dams push tigers into smaller and smaller areas of land. These small areas of forests are surrounded by rapidly growing and relatively poor human populations, including increasing numbers of illegal hunters. Tigers compete with an expanding human …show more content…
An increased demand for tiger parts exist throughout the world. China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, the United States, and Great Britain are involved in tiger trade (Linden & Pratap, 1994).
Why should we save the endangered tiger? Healthy tiger populations equal healthy ecosystems. As a large predator, the tiger plays a key role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem by hunting other species and keeping the populations of these other species in check. Ecosystems supply both nature and humans with fresh water, food, and health. This means by saving the tiger, we are helping people too. Tigers can have a positive effect on some of the poorest communities. Where tigers exist, tourist will go to see them. Where tourists go, money can be made by communities with few alternatives for making a living. Tiger conservation projects also help provide other alternative livelihoods for rural communities that are not only more sustainable, but can raise income levels too. By saving a home for tigers means saving a home for other animals. To save tigers, we need to protect the forest habitats across Asia where tigers live. By saving these places, we will not only allow tigers to roam freely, but also many other endangered species that live there and form the very thing that makes our planet unique-biodiversity.
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