Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Only 3,200 tigers are left in the wild today: WWF

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has reported on the occasion of the ‘World Day of the Tiger’ that about 3,200 tigers are left in the wild today.
A far cry from a century ago when there were more than 100,000 tigers roaming freely in the jungles. If nothing is done tigers could extinct, predict wild life experts.
These big cats are highly valued because several parts of their bodies are used to produce prescription drugs in Asian folk medicine. In fact, in the past 14 years, 1,590 tigers killed to be made into medicines were confiscated. WWF says have data on tiger populations in India, Nepal and Russia, but unknown number of tigers are still living in freedom in Burma, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia and Thailand. WWF is camera trapping in 9 countries: Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Russia and Thailand.WWF biologists have photographed over 500 individual wild tigers, each identified by their unique stripes - like a fingerprint.