Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Tiger Population Halved in Past 25 Years

The World Wildlife Federation said there may be less than 1500 tigers left and, if actions were not taken soon, both the Sumatran Tiger ans the South China Tiger could be extinct within years.

A coordinator from Nepal said he believes there may be as few as 3500 tigers, as opposed to the estimated 5,000 - 7,000 in 1982. At the start of the 20th-Century, there were thought to be around 40,000. The Nepalese coordinator suggested there may be as few as 1400 in India today - 60% less than in 2002.

Tigers in India are in danger from poor farmers, seeking to protect their livestock from the predators. Those in Indonesia are losing their territory to loggers. While those in China are being intentionally hunted to extinction, as their body parts are used in medicines and sexual "potions," and tiger penis is considered a delicacy.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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