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Endangered Species Wednesday: Tigers

The poor tigers have been getting a lot of press lately.  Last month I posted a PSA from the WWF featuring Dick Van Dyke urging people to "text for tigers."  And then this week, a news story came out saying that tigers could be extinct in TWELVE YEARS if if unprotected.   It's time to take action.  

Did you know?

There are six different sub-species of tigers:  Siberian tiger, Bengal tiger, Indochinese tiger, Malayan tiger, Sumatran tiger, and South China tiger.  

A helping hand from a famous actor:

One of our favorite green celebrities, Leonardo DiCaprio, has been working hard for our endangered feline friends.  Yesterday DiCaprio flew into St. Petersburg to attend a meeting where officials from the 13 countries where tigers still live in the wild agreed to a program to save them from extinction.  He committed $1 million to the WWF to support anti-poaching efforts and to protect tiger habitat, Earlier this year, DiCaprio  helped the group raise $20 million for tiger conservation!  

How many tigers are left?

There are between 5,000 and 7,400 tigers alive in the wild. According to the Save Tiger Fund, that is roughly 7% of the wild tiger population that existed a hundred years ago.  

In Captivity: 

The International Species Information Service lists in captivity 1,098 worldwide.

Why are tigers endangered?

Loss of habitat and poaching.  Poaching is out of control.  

How can I help?

Donate to the WWF.  They are doing amazing things for tigers.   As the year of the tiger comes to a close, support WWF in their efforts to help save the tigers.