Friday, 8 August 2014

NEWSLINK: Save the tiger: Good intentions are not enough... we need data

Tigers are one of the most graceful, beautiful and majestic animals on Earth. Our living planet has many wonders, which many of us cherish. Without always realising it, people depend on the tiger and the role it plays in helping to maintain a healthy, balanced ecosystem in those areas where it lives. Without tigers, deer and wild boar populations would boom, meaning that forests would not fully regenerate – they eat a lot of vegetation, as we have seen with deer in Scotland and sheep in Wales. Vegetation composition would change and this would affect many other species. The forests are important for people as well as wildlife, who depend on them for food, fuel, water resources and other non-timber forest products such as fruit and nuts. The forests provide livelihood opportunities and are of cultural and spiritual importance to communities. For sure, our world would be a poorer place without wild tigers.

In St Petersburg in November 2010, 13 tiger-range governments, together with partners in tiger conservation, committed to the goal of doubling wild tiger numbers to more than 6,000 by 2022 (Tx2 for read nmore and photos link

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