Wild tiger numbers are at an all-time low. We have lost 97% of wild tigers in just over a century. Tigers may be one of the most revered animals, but they are also vulnerable to extinction. As few as 3,200 exist in the wild today.
The largest of all big cats, tigers rely primarily on sight and sound rather than smell. They typically hunt alone and stalk prey. A tiger can consume up to 88 pounds of meat at one time. On average, tigers give birth to 2-3 cubs every 2-2.5 years. If all the cubs in one litter die, a second litter may be produced within 5 months.
Tigers generally gain independence at two years of age and attain sexual maturity at 3-4 years for females and at 4-5 years for males. Juvenile mortality is high however—about half of all cubs do not survive more than two years. Tigers have been known to reach the age of 26 years in the wild.
Across their range, tigers face unrelenting pressure from poaching, retaliatory killings and habitat loss. They are forced to compete for space with dense and often growing human populations.
For the month of March, giraffeinatree will be doing something about it. The tiger (Panthera tigris) is this month’s Animal of the Month. Learn more about this project by clicking here. In the mean time, you can help by donating via Paypal, causevox, fundly, or fundraiser where I have started fundraising campaigns for tiger conservation. If you are otherwise unable to give monetary support at the moment and you would still like to help the cause, you can click the ad at http://giraffeinatree.com/ (free) or share the aforementioned links along with this post to any social media site (also free). Sharing can do as much—if not more—for the cause as donating, so I encourage you to please go ahead and tell all your friends about it!
All proceeds will go to the Save the Tiger Fund-Panthera partnership conservation program. Learn more about them and what they do with the money they receive here.