They’re unique; it’s true!
Tiger stripes are like human fingerprints — every pattern is unique. The stripes help to camouflage tigers by breaking up the outline of their bodies and mimicking the shadows of long grass.
Habitat lossPoachingClimate change
Poaching is the most immediate threat to the survival of tigers in the wild.
If a female tiger with cubs is killed or removed, her cubs will likely die without their mother, and the potential for future breeding will be lost.
The wild tiger population has declined by 96% in the past 100 years.
Sad thought: If something doesn’t change, one day we might only be able to find tigers in captivity, an art gallery, or in the lyrics of a song. [Source: WWF Fact sheet.]
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Tigers can grow up to six feet long and weigh up to 720 pounds.
That makes them the largest wild cat in the world!
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All of the above are true.
The sad thing is the illegal tiger trade is fueled by demand. Every part of the tiger, from its skin and bones to its whiskers and teeth, is exploited and used to make products such as medicine, ornamental accessories, and textiles. Today, illegal tiger trade and the wider problem of wildlife trafficking reaches an estimated $23 billion USD per year.
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