I was shocked and dismayed when I found an article about the gloomy prediction for the worlds Tigers without ramping up efforts to save them.
The Economic Times reports that at the Kathmandu Global Tiger Workshop, the newest information about the current population of tigers, which stands around 4,000, could all be extinct in 15-20 unless the conservation effort is increased.
“A business as usual approach in tiger conservation will doom the tiger population in the next 15 to 20 years,” Mahendra Shrestha, programme director of the Washington-based Save the Tiger Fund told Reuters on the sidelines of a conference on tiger conservation.
Illegal trade in tiger skins and parts is worth about $20 billion a year, according to Interpol; and recent investigations have revealed that, at least in China, efforts to stop the trade are failing.
Current market prices for tiger skins range from $11,660 to nearly $22,000; tiger bones, used in traditional Chinese medicine fetch $1250 per kilo.
Tigers are still found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Russia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
John Seidensticker, chief scientist at the Smithsonian National Zoo’s Conservation Ecology Center, said tiger habitat had declined by 40 percent in the last decade due to destruction of forests.
“Our challenge is to make landscapes with tigers alive worth more than landscapes where tigers have been killed,” Seidensticker said. “I think we have a decade from where we will slip from being caretakers to undertakers.”
In a few weeks time I will be travelling to both Nepal and India and will be making sure my tourist dollars go to helping these wonderful animals and I in no way encourage anyone to purchase or sell any part of Tigers.
There are things we can do to help now!
The World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) are great pioneers in protecting the tigers and I encourage everyone to visit their website and put your name to a petition and see what else you can do to help! HELP SAVE THE TIGERS and Wildlife Conservation Nepal