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Chinese tiger as good as extinct:

Wildlife reserves not big enough to support cat, says researcher who spent a year on search.
A Sumatran tiger roars angrily as a veterinarian sprays liquid antiobotic on its scratched face

Greg Breining, Chronicle Foreign Service
San Francisco Chronicle, January 9, 2003

Yihuang South China Tiger Reserve- By the time Ron Tilson reached the highland core of this mountainous tiger reserve, he was bathed in sweat and craving another Indonesian clove- flavored cigarette.

Looking down from a serpentine ridge over stone bridges in inaccessible areas where rivulets cascade down canyons and clouds hang on the peaks, Tilson's experienced gaze locked on an animal feeding on scrub. But it wasn't what he had come thousands of miles to see.

It was a cow.

"I can't imagine there would be enough space here for tigers," he said. "Besides, that damn cow would be dead."

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Once there were 8, now there are only 5.

Tigers continue to suffer at the hands of humans and their governments. Wild tiger population numbers have fallen by about 95% since the turn of the last century, down from perhaps 100,000 to the present estimates of just above 5,000.

In just the past fifty years, our planet has lost three subspecies - the Bali, Javan and Caspian tigers to extinction.

Today, the South China tiger is on the verge of extinction and the Bengal, Siberian, Sumatran and Indochinese tigers are racing towards extinction at 90 miles per hour.

TigerAid's mission is dedicated to refocusing world attention on saving the critically endangered tiger in the wild and the conservation of their natural habitats.


TigerAid is helping to:

  • Generate public awareness

  • Preserve vital tiger habitats

  • Reinforce anti-poaching measures

  • Develop community awareness programs


    With your help we can ensure both tigers and humans coexist together in a balance that is needed to sustain the wild places that ultimately sustain us all.

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SUNDARBANS TIGER RESERVE
West Bengal, India

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The Sundarbans is part of a vast estuary in the Bay of Bengal. The mangrove forests are the only tiger habitat of its kind. The trees and other wildlife have adapted to the estuarine conditions of high salinity, lack of soil, erosion and daily overflow by high tides. An estimated 270 tigers are found here.

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WHY SAVE THE TIGER?
Tiger Conservation: The Bengal tiger of India
by Dr. K. Ullas Karanth

There are several sensible arguments which can be marshalled to justify why we should save the tiger. For instance, the productivity and welfare of our predominantly rural, agricultural society is critically dependent on the regulation of run-off and soil erosion, on recharge of ground water, and migration of local climatic fluctuations.

Forests, which clothe the watersheds of most of our important river systems, play a dominant role in performing these functions, besides harbouring the tiger. If wisely managed, some of the forested landscapes can also provide our rural and urban populations the fuel, timber, bamboo, rattan and a host of non-timber products, needed for their sustenance.


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