Tigers are part of our planet’s natural heritage, a symbol of Earth’s biodiversity. They are a key species, crucial for the integrity of the ecosystems in which they live. As toppredators, they keep populations of prey species in check, which in turn maintains the balance between herbivores and the vegetation upon which they feed. In short, whentigers thrive, the whole ecosystem thrives. This in turn provides important financial, cultural and spiritual benefits for local communities who live with or near tigers.
These ecosystems provide livelihood opportunities and ecological services, e.g. water and food , to millions of people throughout Asia. The wild tiger population can be used as a barometer for the health of the whole ecosystem.
Also in countries like Nepal and India, wild tigers are a major attraction, drawing tourists to national parks and wildlife reserves and generating real economic and social benefits for local rural communities.
In short: save tigers and save so much more.