Legions of dedicated individuals are deep in the fight to save this majestic creature, the largest of the world’s cats. It’s an animal that faces myriad threats, as all carnivores do, but one factor is largely responsible for their current slide: poaching, driven by the Chinese demand for tiger products.
Tigers have had more conservation dollars spent on their behalf than any other creature on the planet, yet the cats continue to disappear. Some of that money has vanished, like smoke. Some large nonprofits advertise their plight on billboards and plead for them in TV campaigns, but the cash they raise is often funneled into general operating budgets, not tiger conservation. Some organizations send out regular press releases proclaiming they’re saving tigers, but numbers continue to dwindle. Others are truly making progress, beefing up protection, saving forests that are the cat’s home.
Source: The Huffington Post
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