Tiger Pocket Journal

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Tiger  (Panthera tigris)

Tigers are the biggest cats in the world.  They live in a wide variety of habitats from steamy jungles to cold northern forests within the Asian subcontinent. The power and magnificence of tigers can inspire us with awe…they can awaken within us our power and passion.

In 1900, tiger populations were estimated at 100,000.  Tigers are now endangered with 5,000-7,000 left in the wild.  Habitat loss, population fragmentation and illegal poaching have reduced tiger populations to alarmingly low levels.  Even though it is illegal to kill a tiger, black market demand for tiger body parts used in traditional medicines drives poaching.  The vast forests of Asia have fallen with growing human populations leaving tigers little habitat; this has also increased the likelihood of tigers coming into direct conflict with humans or livestock, in which case they are killed.  A direct result of habitat loss is population fragmentation which separates groups of tigers from each other.  Tigers then repeatedly breed with the same small group of animals; such inbreeding weakens the gene pool, leading to cubs being born with defects and mutations.  The tiger’s survival is now in humanity’s hands.

More info: Tiger Information Center (www.5tigers.org)     Tiger Foundation (www.tigerfdn.com)

artwork by Linda Matusich, text by Steve Sierigk

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