Tigers are a beloved species that is unfortunately facing extinction in the tough world of today. Population numbers are at record lows and humans are still killing them off and claiming self defense. Humans killing them however isn’t the sole reason that these animals now face extinction. One major factor contributing to their rapid decline is human destruction of groundcover or deforestation. With the growing human population and demand for hard wood, forests are disappearing by the acre on a daily basis. Being ambush predators, thick, heavy vegetation is what tigers thrive on.
With scarce vegetation the tigers have less and less places to hide for an ambush attack. This is greatly impacting the tigers as most of them are dying of starvation because their element of surprise is almost completely eliminated and they now find it very difficult to capture prey. In Indonesia, the Sumatran tiger is a critically endangered species with an estimated 400 tigers left in the wild. Although Indonesia does have a lot of forest protected for wildlife conservation, this protected forest only accounts for a fraction of the tigers range. This leaves many tigers at risk for exposure to humans.
Tigers generally want to stay away from humans as much as possible. Humans tend to think of tigers as dangerous and therefore many natives kill them if they are nearby and feel threatened by them. Also, many natural forests are being cut down to make room for plantations. This is pushing the tigers out of their home and further and further out of their comfort zone. They now have to adapt their lifestyle in order to survive and that is why most will start to die off. A major push needs to take place in protecting more national forests in order for the tiger population to survive. Local governments really need to step up and take action soon or else there is a good chance that tigers will go extinct altogether in as short a period as our lifetime.
Posted by Nicco Ciccolini(4)