29 Jul '11, 9am

Today is WORLD TIGER DAY! Help save the world's remaining wild tigers NOW!!! Please

It used to be sport to go hunting a tiger. Now it's all about land and money. As human populations grow, the tiger has less room to roam, to hunt and find a mate to breed with. The land is wanted for farming, building and industry. Plus a tiger's beautiful skin will fetch a good price, while its bones and body parts can be sold to be used in traditional Chinese medicine. It's illegal, but it still goes on at a great pace. When tigers come into conflict with humans, the winner is the one with the gun. Up to 50% of cubs don't make it. With the protection of their mother the cubs have little to fear. But she can't be there all the time - and the harder it is for her to find prey, the longer she's away, and the greater the risk to the cubs. And if their mother falls prey to poachers, or can't find enough food, the cubs are doomed. Tigers have plenty of enemies. What they need ...

Full article: http://www.wwf.org.uk/adoption/tigerthreat/

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