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What are the biggest threats to the tiger?

7 August 2015

Over the course of a century, the tiger has lost 97% of its population. The main threats to the tiger are hunting, poaching, habitat loss, deforestation and a shortage of its prey. We undertake practical work out in the field for the protection and conservation of the species.

Tiger hunting is now prohibited in all countries where the feline lives. Nonetheless, poaching remains one of the main causes of the species’ decline. To fight against this scourge in Bangladesh, our partner, WildTeam carries out surveillance patrols by boat in the Sundarbans region.

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© WildTeam

In addition, poaching activities are exacerbated by the demand for traditional Chinese medicine, in Asia.  In Vietnam, our partner, Education for Nature, runs nationwide awareness-raising campaigns in order to combat the trade in tiger-based products.

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© Education for Nature – Vietnam

Finally, the world’s biggest cats are suffering from the loss of their habitat and a lack of available prey. Intensive farming, livestock grazing, and also the excessive use of forest resources by humans have largely contributed to their disappearance.

In this context, we coordinate a Bengal tiger conservation programme in Suklaphanta, Nepal, with our partner organisation National Trust for Nature Conservation. In particular, we provide local communities with alternatives that avoid use of natural resources from the big cats’ habitat.

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© Awely, Wildlife and People

 Elsewhere, in India, our partner organisation, Aaranyak carries out research studies on the tiger, its habit and prey, in order to gain a better understanding of the feline and its environment as well as the solutions to be put in place to contribute to its conservation.

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© Aaranyak

The tiger faces many threats, and these are often linked to humans; join together with those who are contributing to their protection.

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