Save the Tiger: the importance of Wildlife Conservation
From the world’s largest mangrove forests in the Sundarbans to temperate forests in the snowy mountains of Bhutan, protecting tigers and their natural homes helps provide benefits for thousands of other animals and millions of people.
Landscapes where tigers live overlap with globally important ecosystems, many of which are in Asia’s last wilderness. These areas, rich in wildlife and plant life, harbor a wealth of critically important goods and services that millions of people rely on every day. Healthy tiger habitats help mitigate climate change, provide fresh water to animals and people, reduce the impact of natural disasters, and improve the health of local people.
Unfortunately, tiger range—the places in which tigers roam wild and free—has plummeted by 95%, leaving populations fragmented and isolated in the remaining forests of Asia. The remaining range for wild tigers is at risk of reducing by nearly half due to poaching, unsustainable agriculture expansion, and urbanization.
If tigers are to survive this century and beyond, their home range urgently needs protection and restoration. This requires sustained support from governments, businesses, and communities.
Organizations including the World Wildlife Fund work to conserve and connect tiger habitat, monitor tigers and their prey, and collaborates with governments across the tiger range countries to protect wild tigers.
Judy Sugden, owner of Uniquely Striped Toygers, wants to increase cat owners' awareness of the importance of wildlife conservation by introducing these 'tiny tigers' into their homes. Toyger cats have quickly become one of the most sought-after breeds in the world and, through their resemblance to their larger cousins, serve as a reminder of just how important it is to save the tigers — and all endangered species — in the wild.
For more information on adopting a Toyger, call or contact Judy at Uniquely Striped Toygers today. For more information on how to contribute to the World Wildlife Fund, visit www.worldwildlife.org.