are only 1411 tigers left in India, constantly living in danger and on the
brink of extinction. Find out why you should teach your kids to worry about the
threat to tigers and how the death of tigers affects the environment. Find out
what children can do to “Save the Tiger” here.
The tiger ruled supreme all throughout Asia
in the 1900s. From the grasslands of Central India and the taiga of Siberia, to
the bamboo forests of China; tigers owned the forests, fearlessly preying on
the Herbivores and keeping people from tearing down the forests to make way for
Today, from an astonishing 100,000 in 1900s,
there are only an approximated 1411 tigers left in the jungles of India, constantly
living in danger and on the brink of extinction.
We Worry if the Tiger is Dying Out?
Tigers are responsible for the well-being of
the forests. Being on the top of the food chain, the tiger preys on herbivorous
animals like the deer and boar, thereby keeping their
population in check. Without predators like the tiger, herbivorous animals
would destroy the fragile jungles. Fear of tigers and other predators also
prevents poor people from entering the jungle and cutting down trees for
cultivation or industrial purposes. Extinction of tigers would mean that
jungles are at risk of destruction from poor people trying to make a living
from farming, logging and poaching. Therefore, presence of the tiger means
stability in forests.
Why Do We Need Forests?
Uneducated and selfish ministers in power
refuse to protect tigers as they want the jungles to be demolished to make way
for industrial development such as cement manufacturing and aluminium mining.
These industrial processes will turn the forests into wastelands, leading to
dumping of poisonous garbage and toxins into the land that is responsible for
protecting our fragile eco-system.
Death of tigers will destroy forests which
will deplete our water supply. Jungles absorb rainwater during monsoon, and
transpire that moisture into the atmosphere which precipitates to form rain in
time for the monsoon season again. Rainwater forges underground water bodies
which rise to the surface over time and distance to become streams and rivers
which flow even when the monsoon season is over, thereby providing drinking
water to a number of villages and towns. 300
such streams and rivers emerge from just 41 tiger reserves in India!
If tigers become extinct, jungles will definitely
die. That would lead to floods in the monsoon as there will be forests left to
absorb the rain, which in turn will cause droughts once the rain has stopped. All
because some people believe that making money today is more important than
saving nature for tomorrow.
Destruction of Natural
The tiger’s natural habitat is being destroyed all over India for timber,
agriculture or manufacturing purposes. Depletion of forests leads to the number
of animals that the tiger can prey on also dwindling. Tigers then enter villages
and attack farm animals and villagers in search of food which causes villagers
to kill the tigers to protect themselves and their livestock.
Owing to depletion of forest lands, streaks
of tigers get disconnected from each other by human territory which means that
the range of tigers that other tigers can mate with reduces drastically. Inbreeding with a small range of tigers weakens
the gene pool, causing birth defects and mutations, which would eventually lead
While hunting tigers merely for sport has
become almost non-existent, there are a lot of poachers who kill tigers to make
money by selling tiger skins, bones and claws. Some honest forest guards and conservationists try to protect the tiger
reserves, but in vain. It is believed
that poachers are killing one tiger every day!
can kids do to Save the Tiger!
Empower your child to believe that even ONE
small person can make a big difference in the fight to save tigers from
extinction. There are a multitude of things that kids can do to show their
support. To begin with, you could enroll them in Kids for Tigers or any other Save
the Tiger organisation. Here are some more suggestions for what kids can do:
Organise a Rally
Encourage your child to spread the “Save the
Tiger” message by organising or participating in a rally. All he needs to do is
invite a few of his and your friends who share the same interest and show their
support with posters and pamphlets in support of the tiger in some public place.
Start a Petition
If tigers dwell in nearby forest, encourage and
help your child to start a signature campaign to provide protection and declare
the area as a tiger reserve. Create awareness about the area, the plight of the
tigers and their importance in our eco-system. Get as many people as you can to
sign the petition, and enlist the aid of a tiger conservation organisation to ensure
that the local government hears your message loud and clear.
Establish or Join a
Nature Club or NGO
Encourage your child to organise and invite family
and friends, teachers and neighbours for activities like nature walks and bird-watching to make them appreciate and respect
nature and the environment. You can also help him access images from a tiger
conservation group and organise an audio-visual in his school to spread the
“Save the Tiger” message.
Write to the Government
Help your child draft a letter to either the
Prime Minister or the Chief Minister. Ask them to introduce measures and step
up their efforts to “Save the Tiger.” In case you observe or know off any
activity that will adversely affect the environment, report it to local
newspapers to ensure that the wrong-doers do not get away with it.
Collect Money to
fund Tiger Conservation Organisations
Encourage your child to think of innovative ways
to collect money for tiger conservation. He could sell home-made cards, cakes or
cookies, etc. during a fair or a sports day, etc. Help your child come up with
various methods to collect money from your friends and family and donate it to
a tiger conservation organisation.
Take Care of Mother
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Conserve water
while brushing and showering; turn off the light when you leave a room; switch
off the computer monitor if you are taking a break of more than ten minutes;
use recycled paper; keep your air conditioner at 24 degrees. Choose cloth or
paper bags over plastic bags. Save fuel - Walk, cycle, take public transport or
start a carpool! All these small changes in your life will help you and your
kids save Mother Nature and do your bit towards saving the Earth’s
resources and by extension help “Save the Tiger.”
Do you know why you should worry if tigers
are on the brink of extinction? How can you teach your child to be aware of and
take care of Mother Nature? What can children do to Save the Tiger? Discuss here.