Ways to help on International Tiger Day

A tiger photographed inside Bandhavgarh National Park, India.

A tiger photographed inside Bandhavgarh National Park, India.

Today, July 29th, is International #TigerDay. The tiger, one of the world’s most iconic species, hovers closer to extinction than any of the big cats. There are just 3,200 tigers left in the wild, scattered in small pockets across Asia. A century ago, more than 100,000 of these majestic cats roamed across 30 nations. Today, they hang on in just 12 countries. They’ve disappeared from 93 percent of their former range.

Lost of habitat, illegal poaching and animal-human conflict are three of the biggest issues facing today’s remaining 3000 or so wild tigers. Good news is there are solutions to these issues and there is still enough habitat to support healthy tiger populations. They thrive with just the basics, food, water and a place to live. When you add boots-on-the-ground protection of the cats and their prey, strong laws, enforcement and careful monitoring, they bounce back.
Saving them will require targeted action and creative strategies—and the expertise of the best scientists. Those experts must share their knowledge with governments and prod them to act. Governments must protect remaining habitat. And they must safeguard tigers from poachers with armed protection in the national parks and reserves where the cats still thrive.  But saving tigers also requires a world that cares. In the words of renowned field biologist George Schaller, “I learned long ago that conservation has no victories. It’s a never-ending process that each of us must take part in.”
So, today, let’s do more than like a photo on Social Media. Consider making a donation to the organizations listed below. Every dollar donated to these organizations goes towards work that front-lines tiger conservation.

UPDATE: National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative current campaign, HighFive Give $5 is creating a worldwide vitual high five chain in support of big cats. And considering today is International Tiger Day why not participate?

Here’s how:

  1. Snap a photo of yourself giving a high five to a friend, a pet—get creative!

     2.Share your photo on social media using #5forBigCats and #BigCatsForever. Tag five friends to send them a virtual high five!

     3.Give $5 (or more) to the Big Cats Initiative at donate.ngs.org/5forbigcats. Then watch the high-five chain grow across social media here:

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/big-cats-initiative/high-5-give-5/

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