WWF's Interactive Map Points Out Top Trouble Spots for Tigers

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If you read the headline to this post and thought, "Isn't that, well, everywhere?" you'd be right. Practically anywhere tigers are found in the wild, they're in trouble. Which is why an interactive map that educates people on the problems is a useful tool. Rather than simply pointing to the worst areas, the map is a "window into the many threats to wild tigers, both in their home ranges and in parts of the world that have an impact on them." WWF notes that wild tigers occupy just 7% of their historic range. And with only a few thousand left, the hope is this map and the resources it links to will help influence governments and NGOs on conservation efforts during the Global Tiger Summit in Vladivostok in September 2010. By scrolling over a highlighted area, you can get a snap-shot and a link to more information about the tigers in that spot.

With the rapid decline of tigers, conservation efforts are reaching extremes. In a highly controversial move, Indonesia is even allowing tigers to be adopted as pets in order to create more homes for the animals.

It's the year of the tiger, and only 3,200 or so are left. When it comes to saving the big cats, it's now or never.

Fast Facts About Tigers From WWF

  • In the wild, tigers are found in India, Nepal, China, Russia, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand and Sumatra.
  • Tigers are found in a variety of habitats, including tropical and sub tropical forests, evergreen forests, mangrove swamps and grasslands. In India, tigers are found all across the country in 19 states.
  • At the beginning of the last century, it is believed that worldwide, there were about a 100,000 tigers in the wild with about 40,000 in India. This has declined to a few thousands today.
  • Captive breeding of tiger or tiger farming does not help to increase tiger populations in the wild. Problems related to habitat, prey base and protection can not be solved by captive breeding.

Via Telegraph