Save the Tigers

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Save the tigers
Someday, we may never see tigers again because tigers are on the critically endangered list, which is why the National Zoo was celebrating Global Tiger Day. This is happening because of poaching and habitat changes. Large plantations have replaced a lot of tiger habitat in several tropical range countries. Tigers occupy only around 7 percent of their historic range. The current wild tiger population is at as few as 3,200 tigers, including only about 400 Sumatran tigers, which are listed as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species (TigerPopulation). If people in the countries that the tigers live in do not take action to protect the tiger’s habitat and go against poaching, tigers have a big chance of becoming extinct. Most tigers are being held in captivity to keep them reproducing, there is one type of tiger that no longer exists in the wild but is held in captivity. Humans now control the fate of the tiger, their choices will determine whether it survives or becomes extinct (Wikipedia). If humans could make hunting tigers illegal for a while and let them reproduce, it would help the tiger stay in existence.

Three out of the eight species of tigers are already extinct, which are the Bali, Caspian, and Javan. The tiger has been a popular game animal and has been hunted for prestige as well as for taking trophies. People like to hunt tigers for their fur, claw, and pelts to make fur coats, rugs, and money; they also go for the tigers’ bones for medicinal use. For hundreds of years, if tigers saw people riding elephants it usually meant that a hunting party was about to happen. Threats to tigers can be separated into two categories: Poaching (Hunted for their pelt and bones) and retributive killing, which includes the illegal trade of tiger parts and human wildlife conflict, and habitat destruction and fragmentation, including illegal logging and commercial plantations...
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