Why It Matters
Tigers are more than just magnificent animals—they’re also crucial for the health of their habitats. As top predators, tigers keep populations of prey species in check which, in turn, maintains the balance between herbivores and the vegetation upon which they feed. Investing in securing the tiger’s future will also protect thousands of other species that share their habitat in some of the most biodiverse areas on earth. These balanced ecosystems are not only important for wildlife, but for people, too.
Healthy Forests and Watersheds
Every time we protect a tiger, we protect an estimated 25,000 acres of forest. People rely on forests, either directly for their livelihoods or indirectly for food and products. As climate change becomes more severe, natural forests grow increasingly important to counter the effects; they provide fresh water, clean air, and capture the heat-trapping gases that contribute to extreme weather, such as droughts and storms, and secure ecosystem services that also provide for economic expansion in Asia. By protecting tigers, we're keeping their forest healthy. Tigers also live in major watersheds, and by protecting those areas we can help secure the freshwater that more than 800 million people rely on in large parts of Asia.
Helping Local Communities
Tigers can directly help some of the world’s poorest communities through revenue and employment opportunities generated by tourism. Tiger conservation projects can also help provide alternative livelihoods for rural communities that are not only more sustainable but can also raise income levels. Collaborative conservation efforts among stakeholders like governments, communities, and other organizations continue to prevent poaching, habitat encroachment, and human-wildlife conflict. By doing so, they're protecting tigers and those who depend on them for their livelihoods.