From around 40,000 tigers at the turn of the last century, there are just 1411 tigers left in India. 2009 was the worst year for tigers in India, with 86 deaths reported. There are 37 Tiger sanctuaries in India. However, 17 sanctuaries are on the verge of losing their tiger population. Corbett National Park is the oldest tiger park in India. It was created in 1936 as ‘Hailey National Park’. The Kanha National Park’s lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel, The Jungle Book.
We have been loosing tigers in such a way that if we do not pay attention to their conservation we will loose them all together very soon.
Now the question comes to our mind is Why Do We Save Tigers?
Tiger is symbol of wilderness and well-being of the ecosystem. By conserving and saving tigers the entire wilderness ecosystem is conserved. In nature, barring human beings and their domesticates, rest of the ecosystem is wild. Hence conserving wilderness is important and crucial to maintain the life support system. So saving tiger means saving the ecosystem which is crucial for man's own survival.
Tiger is our national animal, so its our duty to protect them... everybody should come forward and spend some valuable time from their important and very busy life to do something for conservation of our national animal.
“It is of great concern that some reserves appear to have lost their tigers, pointing to a clear need to upgrade and maintain the general level of protection offered in reserves, but apart from this, the matter of real concern is the tigers outside the Tiger Reserves, National Parks and Sanctuaries. If attention is not paid to their conservation we will lose them altogether” said Mr. Sujoy Banerjee, Director, Species Conservation, WWF-India. “The continued threat from poaching and illegal trade in tiger parts must be met with enhanced enforcement efforts.”
Only we can save our national animal and we should... join 'SAVE OUR TIGERS' an initiative by Aircel and roar for our tigers.
We can make a difference.
(Information taken from wwfindia.org and saveourtigers.com)