Money from governments and animal welfare groups going into saving tigers doesn't just benefit big cats, says the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in their latest report, Beyond the Stripes: Save tigers, save so much more.
Protecting tigers also helps protect their natural habitat, the place where they live. These diverse areas – from Sundarban mangrove forests to snowy mountain landscapes in Bhutan – are not just tiger habitats, but rich ecosystems full of other animals, plants and resources that millions of people depend on.
WWF's report says that preserving tiger habitats would also protect at least nine drainage basins (places where rainwater collects and runs into rivers and lakes), which get water to around 830 million people throughout Asia. Forests, which are crucial to lowering carbon emissions in the atmosphere and fighting global warming, are also safeguarded.
Michael Baltzer, leader of WWF Tigers Alive, explained:
Protecting the vast landscapes where tigers thrive helps to regulate freshwater, reduce the impacts of climate change and provide a source of clean air, medicinal plants, jobs, and so much more.
Sadly, tigers remain an endangered species. They have lost 95% of their territory and only survive in small, isolated pockets which are also under threat of disappearing. Deforestation and pollution from global warming are destroying the tiger's home in the wild.
By protecting these beautiful, natural spaces as well as tigers, we can preserve the world we live in and the creatures in it for future generations. To help WWF protect tigers, you can donate to them or symbolically adopt a tiger.
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