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Save the Tiger!-The biggest cat of our planet needs help!

Updated on February 9, 2013
Tiger family
Tiger family | Source


The tiger is one of the most known animals on the world, but only a few know that is in danger.From the 5 subspecies of this deadly cat, the Siberian Tiger is the biggest and strongest. Sadly, all of those subspecies are endangered animals. The tigers don't form regular families, the male lives alone while the female lives with its own cubs. However, it's possible that the parents eats together (how romantic), but that's a rare thing to happen. The tiger is feared amongst the humans, there are legends of the brutal man-eater tiger, although the tiger likes to avoid contact with humans, the animal only attacks when it's in trouble. Unlike the lion and the cheetah, the tiger prefers the forest for habitat. He's a lonely hunter: he attacks suddenly and bites the throat of the prey. It's calculated that from 20 attacks only 1 result in success. Poor tiger, he's not a master of hunting, but if it get's lucky, the deadly bite is guaranteed.

Thirsty tiger
Thirsty tiger

The tiger's Doom

The tiger lived peacefully throughout the past, the only danger were the small villages spread amongst the forests. Time to time the number of tigers decreased as a result of population growth in the surrounding land. Today, approximately 6000-9000 tiger lives wild and an additional 1000 in zoos. One tiger requires to eat 100 whole animals he caught per year. These animals need space to live and they need fresh water to drink. And that's why the tiger is in danger: there are only a few animals left to consume. Some may say that's good, at least no innocent animal will die by the tiger. Wait a minute, there's a huge difference between carnivores (who kill to stay alive) and humans (who kill to earn trophies and make their life more comfortable). I am a true animal protector, and carnivores are animals too. Judge me because of that, I will not change myself (sorry for my paranoia).

Cute tiger cubs
Cute tiger cubs | Source

Tiger reserves

Just like with all the carnivores, there are problems with the tigers living in the protected areas. The number of the tigers fall because of interbreeding. Scientists say that the minimum amount of tigers must be 500 within a park, so that's the genetics will remain stable and healthy. To solve this problem, they made 'corridors' to connect a few reserves. The other solution would be to change tigers between parks. Sadly, poachers like to hunt this beautiful animal (or at least the money they's a shame). The tiger fur and bone trading has not decreased, even if the hunting is prohibited. The biggest trading centers are the Arabian countries, China and Japan.

Local Resistance

Creation of the tiger reserves often leads to conflict between the local population. They don't like the idea that fertile lands were seized for the tigers. In addition, the reserve is also inhabited by animals who eat the fruits of local farmers. In the Chitwan National Park (Nepal) the locals can harvest for 2 weeks in a year in the park, they solved the problem. Sadly, most people has prejudice against the tiger, which is one of the most beautiful animal to exist.

Others that need help!

There are several other endangered species that we should save!


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      MP50 6 years ago

      I have been fortunate enough in my life to be up close and cuddled a fully grown white tiger and Her cubs while visiting a tiger sanctuary in Columbus Ohio USA.

      Beautiful animals like so many others dropping in population, because of Man. We did leave a donation but something more has to be done to save our precious animals.

      VU and SS, thanks for sharing.

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      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Wonderful hub! As you know, I share your passion in efforts to save the tiger and other endangered animals. Rated up!

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      Steve 6 years ago from Brockport, NY

      Great Hub, with beautiful photos. I just love tigers and they must be saved.

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      Hunor Barabás 6 years ago from Romania

      Thank you Lyn! Check out my hub about the black rhinos too !

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      Lyn.Stewart 6 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

      brilliant ... thank you for sharing this info

      voted up interesting and beautiful