After having interviewed a WWF representative recently, it was brought to light, the dwindling population and situation of our beloved cats here in Asia.
The Amur Tiger, also abbreviated as the Siberian Tiger were once often found roaming throughout the far east of Russia, northern China & along the Korean peninsula. Hunting had been the sport for the ruthless poachers who bloodthirstily seeked game. The poor tigers were driven to the brink of extinction…Today, with gratified thanks to Russia, it’s becoming of the first country of the world to grant the subspecies full protection, had been caringly boosting the numbers back up from a mere 40. The population of the ‘Panthera tigris altaica‘ consists of roughly 540 cats, having them often weighing in around 396-660 pounds.
Forests habitats are at risk due to logging, conversion to agriculture, urban expansion, mining, road construction, fires & inadequate law enforcement. The ferocious felines have been restricted to the Sikhote-Alin range in Primoski and Khabarovsk provinces of the Far East. These tigers actually own the largest home range of any tiger subspecies, having to roam far and wide because of the low-prey density in the area. They currently represent the largest unfragmented tiger population in the world.
It goes to show there aren’t really many of these pussycats around anymore.
Deforestation occuring to make way for illegal logging industries. // Photo(s) courtesy of WWF.
Did you know that tiger bones and teeth are used for human facial products & medicine?
Tiger skin is often sold off and traded for carpets, rugs & furniture.
Every week, a wildlife ranger gets shot in action thanks to poachers hunting for game.
World Wildlife Foundation is doing everything possible in their power and means to put a halt to humans endangering other land animal species on our still vibrantly life harbouring planet.
Monitoring populations. Protecting habitats. Increasing Tiger prey. Advocating for improved legislation. Raising Public awareness.