Our new tiger resource pack for leaders
Did you know that wild tiger numbers have plummeted by over 95% in the last century? Three of the nine tiger subspecies are already extinct and there are more tigers in captivity in the USA than there are in the wild. Poaching for their parts which are seen as status symbols or used in traditional Asian medicine, and loss of habitats are the main threats to the tiger.
Our new tiger resource pack will enable your group to find out more about this iconic animal, the threats it faces, and empower them to develop their own ideas and opinions on environmental issues through creative activities and games.
Make a colourful tiger mask
The tiger is the biggest, the most iconic, and one of the most endangered of all the big cats. They can make a huge range of sounds including growls, roars, moans, snarls, chuffs, hisses and gasps – probably to communicate to other tigers. Why not share your love for these incredible creatures by making your own colourful tiger mask and let everyone hear your mighty roar!
In my lifetime, tiger populations declined, but are now on the up. That’s quite incredible. However, the threats remain, and we need to do all we can to help achieve the very ambitious goal of doubling the number of tigers in the wild by 2022.
Why tigers are so important
As top predators, tigers help to keep their environment healthy.
It’s the way things naturally work in the wild – the predators prey on other animals, in this case herbivores (plant-eaters) such as deer. But without enough tigers to eat them, herbivores can overgraze and damage the land, disrupting the balance of the local environment.
Local people also depend on a healthy environment for food, water and lots of other resources. By helping protect tigers we’re also helping look after the places where they live, which is good for all the people and wildlife sharing that environment.