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. Balanced ecosystems are not only important for wildlife, but for people, too—locally, nationally, and globally.
People rely on forests, 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. By protecting tigers, we're keeping their forest healthy.
Helping Local Communities
Tigers can directly help some of the world’s poorest communities through tourism. Tiger conservation projects also help provide alternative livelihoods for rural communities that are not only more sustainable, but can raise income levels too. Governments, communities, and other organizations have ramped up enforcement against poaching and habitat encroachment to counter the high demand from the illegal wildlife trade for tiger parts. By doing so, they're protecting tigers and those who depend on them for their livelihoods.