Bengal Tigers at the Decline!

By: Maija Russell

Introduction

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.

Tiger Cubs Keep Mom Busy
Females give birth to litters of two to six cubs

Who

  • WWF
  • Indians
  • Chinese


What

Bengal tigers are loosing numbers.

When

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)


Where

  • China
  • India
  • Nepal
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan

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)
Photograph by Michael Nichols

cites

Works Cited

Bauer, Erwin A. "The Last Big Cats: An Untamed Spirit." Goodreads. Web. 25 Jan. 2013. <http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1627639.The_Last_Big_Cats>.

"Bengal Tiger." National Geographic. Web. 25 Jan. 2013. <http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/bengal-tiger/>.

"Bengal Tiger." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 24 Jan. 2013. Web. 25 Jan. 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bengal_tiger>.

"Bengal Tiger." WWF. Web. 25 Jan. 2013.

<http://worldwildlife.org/species/bengal-tiger>.

"Bengal Tiger Poaching Statistics - Unnatural Tiger Deaths." Bengal Tiger Poaching Statistics - Unnatural Tiger Deaths. Web. 25 Jan. 2013. <http://www.tigerhomes.org/animal/bengal-tiger-poaching.cfm>.



Global solution

In the efforts to try to save the animals the government had banned the tiger trade in 1993. Also WWF is putting money toward strengthening anti poaching efforts, empowering communities, and stopping the illegal tiger trade.

Individual solution

If you want to know more about how you can help go to worldwildlife.org/species/Bengal-tiger. You are were it starts, you can be the person to save a tiger. Please donate and raise awareness.