The tiger is a wild animal and is the largest feline in the world, capable of reaching 300 kg in weight. Human activity is destroying its species, it is currently estimated that 3,200 tigers remain in the wild around the world, something that places them on the verge of extinction. Meanwhile, in captivity the population has also been reduced according to the latest data published by WWF ( World Wildlife Fund ). If the hunting continues, the tiger will disappear in 15 or 20 years, so in the following AgroCorrn article we want to talk to you about the endangered tigers .
- Characteristics of the tiger and its habitat
- Causes of the danger of extinction of tigers
- Where are tigers endangered?
- What is the tiger that is in greater danger of extinction
- How to prevent tigers from becoming extinct
Characteristics of the tiger and its habitat
Before starting to talk about the endangered tigers , we consider that it is convenient to learn a little about the main features of this animal and its habitat to better understand its situation. Take note of this information about the tiger to get to know it better:
Main characteristics of tigers
- Scientific name: Panthera tigris
- Weight: between 100 and 300 kg.
- Size: between 2.5 and 4 meters long for males and between 2 and 3 meters for females. It has an average height of between 70 and 120 cm at the height of the withers.
- They live an average of 15 years.
- They reach adulthood at 3 or 5 years.
- The gestation period is 4 months.
- They usually have litters of 2 or 3 puppies at a time.
- They are totally carnivorous and eat up to 6 kg of meat daily.
- As adults they are solitary animals.
- Each tiger has a unique striped pattern, so it is like its identity mark.
- These unique stripes allow them to have great camouflage.
- Contrary to what some myths say, they do like to get in the water and, in fact, they are very good swimmers.
Where the tiger lives – its habitat
Tigers mainly inhabit Asia, especially in India, China and Russia. Tigers can live in different terrestrial habitats. For example, these felines can naturally inhabit:
- Tropical forests.
- Temperate forests.
- Bed sheets.
- High mountains, even snowy ones.
Causes of the danger of extinction of tigers
The main threats that affect the tiger population is deforestation and, as always, the human itself. Unfortunately, illegal hunting has put the tiger in danger of extinction and some subspecies have already disappeared forever from the face of the Earth. In some countries, tiger skin is a big business on the black market, especially in China, that is why they are so sought after and are hunted even if it is illegal.
Thus, the main causes of the tiger’s danger of extinction are:
- Poaching .
- The destruction of their natural habitat.
- The decline of their prey by man.
According to the Save The Tiger foundation , a powdered or powdered tiger bone can be worth around 65 euros on the black market, while striped skins are sold in Tibet and Russia for more than 60,000 euros. By reporting these facts and sharing, we will help in the fight against illegal species trafficking before it is too late.
Where are tigers endangered?
Most of the endangered tigers live on the Asian continent , in fact, these cats, which are some of the largest in the world, are national animals in India and Bangladesh. In addition, not all tigers are the same, there are 6 subspecies of this mammal: the Bengal, the Indochina, the Malay, the Siberian, the Sumatra, the Amur and the southern China; they all live in Asia.
Although tigers are from Asia , of course, today you can also find tigers all over the world, because humans have made them captive for zoos and other activities designed for human benefit. However, today there are also them in protected places, some with more space to be free than others, but always guarded by caretakers and scientists. Currently, there are more tigers living in captivity than in the wild around the world.
What is the tiger that is in greater danger of extinction
Among all these subspecies of tigers, the one that is most in danger of extinction is the Bengal tiger or Panthera tigris tigris that inhabits dense forests of vegetation where it feeds on small or medium-sized mammals than by itself.
In general, they are solitary and territorial animals , but of great size that can measure up to more than 4 meters long (including the tail) and weigh up to 390 kilos, in the case of males in the wild. For their part, the females are smaller weighing about 180 kilos.
How to prevent tigers from becoming extinct
In order to help tigers and prevent them from becoming extinct, more protection must be achieved for tigers around the world, starting with the Bengal tigers because they are the ones with the most serious situation, but extending it to all subspecies that have a minimum risk.
On a personal level we can take some actions to help the recovery of tigers :
- Help stop the illegal traffic of animals and products extracted from them (hides, teeth, bones, etc.), not participating in the black market and reporting any case that we know of.
- Support economically and as volunteers the non-profit associations that fight for the conservation of the tiger.
- Encourage the use of artificial intelligence to protect threatened species.
- Pressure the political and legal powers to act and modify laws to improve this situation.
- It helps to educate people, especially the younger ones, about this problem.
- Buy products certified by the governments of each country, to be sure that they do not contain elements from the illegal market that uses animals, such as tigers, monkeys, elephants, etc.
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