The Tiger

Since the occupation of India by the British, the Bengal tiger's population has twindled to a mere < 5,000 from over 100,000 just a century ago. Recklessly, human greed and disrespect for nature has managed to fence the most graceful animal on earth to mere scattered tracks of land. The tiger's territory used to range from Turkey to east Asia. Current estimates predict that at least one tiger is poached everyday. Go to the "Tiger's current situation" for more detail, and if you would like to help out, go to the "Get involved" link to the left.

The primary threat toward the Bengal tiger is its habitat and other intertwined wildlife. This is due to a complete lack of political will on the part of the Indian government to realize the importance of the tiger's situation and act accordingly. Expert committee reports recommending strong, effective action are filed away on Ministry shelves. The Indian Board for Wildlife - supposedly India's highest wildlife advisory body chaired by the Prime Minister - has not even met for over nine years.

Another threat to the tiger is poaching of its bones for Chinese medicine, its skins, teeth and nails. This contributes to at least one tiger death everyday in India. And when poacher and dealers are apprehended, they are usually released on bail and re-offend.

Tiger Reserves, National Parks and Sanctuaries can no longer be considered as "Asylums" for the tiger. An increasing population and economic liberalization has opened all areas to development including tiger habitats across India which pollutes and destroys the land.

Conservation staff are poorly trained and equipped, and many go long periods without pay. Wildlife conservation positions are often regarded as low status "degrading jobs". In some areas, the conservation staff doesn't even have boots and are stranded at guard posts so they cover the the immediate region visible to them instead of the entire park.

The Government's Project Tiger has lost its direction and failed to deal with the various crises as they have developed.
In addition to the tiger's urgency, other wildlife is also in danger including the leopard (which is killed for its skin), elephant and rhinoceros which is hunted for ivory, and all sharks which are hunted for pseudo-medicinal reasons.



THE TIGER
THE WOLF
THE BISON
THE COUGAR
THE BEAR
THE DEER
THE RACOON
THE SQUIRREL
THE BIRDS
FORREST
RIVERS
NATIONAL PARKS

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