There are quite a few threats out there that continue to put the future for the tiger at risk. Humans continue to destroy the habitat that the tigers once called home for their own needs. It isn’t always easy for the tigers to find a new home. Even if they can easily adapt to a new environment, the fact that they are so territorial is a concern. Many tigers end up killing each other for the right to a given area because they aren’t going to be able to live there together.
In China tigers are often killed so that their bones can be used to create a variety of different types of medicine. When the people here can’t get enough tigers they use the bones of common prey for the tigers. As a result that makes it harder for them to survive as well.
The loss of their natural habitat such as for logging in areas of Asia continues to be a huge threat to their survival. As the population of humans grows they need to clear out more areas for them to all reside. In many instances the clearing of their natural habitat is so that humans can enjoy recreational areas, to build homes, and even to put up new businesses.
As the numbers of tigers out there in the wild continue to drop there becomes a problem with the offspring that are created too. This is because the partners that are mating are already closely related. This is called inbreeding and it often leads to very poor genetic markers for the future generations of tigers.
It is very important to understand the vital role that the tiger plays in the ecosystem out there. They are one of the predators found at the very top of the food chain. Without them in place it can cause a great deal of chaos as you spiral downward. It can also lead to overpopulation of some types of animals. As a result they will starve due to the additional competition for food sources.
In order for conservation efforts to be successful people need the right information regarding the tiger. They also need to protect the natural habitat of these animals so they aren’t subjected to only remaining in captivity. At the same time improving the environment by reducing pollution and global warming helps to ensure they have a better chance of survival as well.
Too many people believe that poaching of the tiger is acceptable because they have attacked and killed humans. In some areas they do also attack livestock which is a problem for humans as well. By helping to give these animals back their natural territory though we will see fewer problems with these types of events taking place. However, if we continue to take away where they live then they have no choice but to find other sources of food and to come closer to humans for a place to live.
Right now every species of tiger out there is at a high risk of not being around in less than 10 years. That is a very grim outlook that each of us has the power to help change. Hopefully one day all of these species of tigers will no longer be among those animals listed as an endangered species.
Right now it is estimated that only about 7,500 tigers total still are out there in the wild and in captivity. That is a very low population that we are talking about. Aggressive efforts must be followed in order to protect their environment, continue seeing good genetic breeding, and to allow these animals to live a long and healthy life.