Beyond the Stripes: Save tigers, save so much more
WWF’s new report - Beyond the Stripes: Save tigers, save so much more - reveals the many hidden benefits of tiger conservation for thousands of species and millions of people in Asia.
Investing in tiger conservation helps protect globally-important ecosystems, many of which are part of Asia’s last wilderness. These biodiversity-rich areas contain a wealth of critically important goods and ecosystem services that millions of people rely on; from mitigating climate change and regulating freshwater to reducing the impact of natural disasters and improving the health of local people.
Tiger landscapes are also home to many other endangered species, such as Asian elephants, leopards and orangutans. By protecting the tiger’s habitat this also helps protect other threatened wildlife and lesser-known species.
Wild tigers are endangered and their habitats are threatened – around 95% of tiger’s global range has been lost. Forest loss continues at an alarming rate in tiger range states. In Sumatra alone, the only place in the world where tigers, orangutans and rhinos are found in the same habitat, deforestation has reduced natural forest cover by more than 50% in the past three decades. With stronger protection, tiger landscapes store more carbon on average than other forests in the region, helping to mitigate climate change.
Our report also highlights the huge advantages that tiger landscapes have for people, including economic benefits such as jobs provided by eco-tourism. Tigers also have immense cultural values at global, national and local levels.