now an endangered species; Today there are only about
5,000 to 7,400 tigers left in the world. These tigers
would soon die if people do not stop hunting them.
It is estimated that 100 years ago, there were 50,000
to 80,000 tigers in India alone. Three types of tigers,
The Bali, Javan, and Caspian tigers have become extinct
(not even one of them is left in this world.) in the
past 70 years.
There are two reasons why tigers are endangered:
1) Habitat loss:
People cut forests
where tigers live, to do farming, build houses &
buildings. This leads to tiger becoming homeless and
foodless. Animals which the tiger eats also die when
forests are cut. This leads to tigers becoming weak
and ultimately they die.
2) Illegal Killing:
Tigers are killed to
make rugs and coats out of their skins, and also because
in many Asian cultures medicines made from tiger parts
are believed to cure diseases. Tigers and many other
endangered species are killed illegally for their
skins and body parts. Products made from rare wild
animals such as spotted cats, tigers, rhinos, and
elephants are still sold illegally.