WWF stands for World Wildlife Fund. Their job is to protect animals and habitats from extinction. They raise money from fund raisers and adopt animals programs to help raise awerness from the different dangers it faces every day. Many examples of what WWF are doing to protect the habitats are the tigers, orangutans , rhino, and elephants.
One of the projects WWF are working on is helping the Sumatran tiger from extinction . The main threat to tigers is poaching over the past century, tiger numbers have fallen by about 95% and they now survive in 40% less of the area they occupied just a decade ago. Although mostly solitary, tigers need a large territory, the size of which is determined mostly by the availability of prey.
Here's a graph of tiger population over the last couple years.
If the the tiger goes extinct the Eco system will be effected. Just look at this image.
Without the tiger more wild boars would run around eating more deers, without deers the grass will grow fsters and will be in more places. Causing more insects or snakes to invest the grass so when people walk threw they can get bitten or trip over objects in the long grass .
And humans have only our self to blame for the rapid decrease in tiger population.
The most immediate threat to wild tigers is poaching. Their body parts are in relentless demand for traditional medicine and are status symbols within some Asian cultures. The resources for guarding protected areas where tigers live are usually limited. Even countries that strongly enforce tiger protection laws fight a never-ending battle against poaching. In Indochina and China, poaching is so pervasive that many forests are now without tigers.
People and tigers increasingly compete for space. The conflict threatens the world’s remaining wild tigers and poses a major problem for villigers living in or near them. As forests shrink and prey becomes scarce, tigers are forced to hunt domestic livestock, which many local communities depend on for their livelihoods. Some villagers kill or capture tigers. Community dependence on forests for fuel wood, food and timber also heightens the risk of tiger attacks on people. ‘Conflict’ tigers are commonly sold on the black market.
Tigers have lost 93% of their historical range to deforestation .Their habitat has been destroyed by human activities. The clearing of forests for agriculture and timber as well as the building of roads and other development activities pose serious threats to tiger habitats. Only a few tigers can survive in small, scattered islands of habitat, which leads to a higher risk of inbreeding and makes tigers more vulnerable to poaching.
Look at those two images what do you see.
In image two look at where tigers are found today compared to were they were 15 years ago.
What are WWF doing about this.
WWF work relentlessly to equip Country's with new technology to insure stronger laws about poaching. There also planting trees and trying to extend the tigers last protected habitats. They also have contacted various zoos to breed more tigers then release them into the wild. All of these are helping the tiger get some numbers back In the wild.
Here's a video of what other projects WWF are working on.
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Thanks for reading hope you enjoyed, and hopefully WWF can get enough money to save lots of tigers.