Why are tigers endangered? It’s not just about their cute, charismatic appearance. They play a vital role in balancing forests, herbivores, and ecosystems. By preserving tigers, we help keep the ecosystem healthy and maintain the balance of life. The tigers’ decline is related to corruption, lack of resources, and developing economies. But despite their charisma, tigers have suffered many setbacks that contribute to their plight.
Humans have destroyed about 95 percent of tiger habitat. Deforestation and land clearing have severely threatened tiger habitats. Without large expanses of land to roam, tigers are much more vulnerable to human activities, including poaching. In addition to habitat destruction, tigers have been found to live in urban and suburban areas where humans view them as a threat. Meanwhile, rising sea levels are threatening tiger communities in India and Bangladesh.
Humans are causing a massive decline in tiger populations. Humans are also hunting the tigers for their skins and body parts. In some regions of the world, tiger skins are valued by local communities. While data from the past century show a steady decline in tiger populations, in recent years the tiger population was wiped out entirely. In fact, three subspecies of the tiger family, the Caspian tiger, the Bali tiger, and the Indonesian tiger, are now extinct.
Although tigers are majestic and magnificent animals, they are considered endangered. Their populations continue to decline at an alarming rate. In this article, we’ll learn about the reasons why the tiger population has declined. When animals become extinct, they may only exist in zoos or captive populations. If tigers were to become extinct, their habitat would cease to be habitable. So, we must protect these animals.