Bengal Tigers at the Decline!
By: Maija Russell
There are fewer than 2,500 tigers left! Bengal tigers are endangered due to poaching, loss of prey, and tiger trade. As a result, the World Wildlife Fund is stepping in and strengthening antipoaching efforts, empowering communities, and stopping illegal tiger trade.
This decline started........
- About 100 years ago when humans started to inhabit in the great cat's jungles.
- Since January 1994, the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) has collected data on the following number of Bengal Tiger Poaching cases and Unnatural Tiger Deaths:
- 95 tigers known to have been killed in 1994
- 123 tigers killed by poaching in 1994
- 52 tigers killed by poaching in 1996
- 89 tigers killed by poaching in 1997
- 36 tigers killed by poaching in 1998
- (Bengal Tiger Poaching Statistics,2006)
Why have tigers declined
- Tigers suffer from lack of deer and antelope so they are forced to eat cattle and other pets, which makes villagers angry and they kill the tiger. ( National Geographic, 1996-2013)
- deforestation and humans inhabiting they forests ( National geographic, 1996-2013)
Why are tigers killed
- When a tiger is killed in China it has parts taken and those parts are made into medicines. (WWF, 2013)
- When a tiger is killed in India, Nepal, Bhutan they are sold for they're pelts, penises, and other parts. (The Last Big Cats, 2003)
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