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Why should we save tigers?

1. The tiger awes you
   
Admit it – the words 'superb creature' don't do justice to the tiger. 

The big cat is revered, admired and feared in equal parts, by millions of people around the world. If forests are emptied of every last tiger, all that will remain are distant legends, zoo sightings, and one massive breach of trust. 
   
2. A home for tigers = a home for others
   
With just one tiger, we protect around 100 sq km of forest.

To save tigers, we need to protect the forest habitatsacross Asia where they live. And by saving these places, we will not only allow tigers to roam freely, but also many other endangered species that live there and form the very thing that makes our planet unique – biodiversity.
   
3. Healthy tiger populations = healthy ecosystems
   
As a large predator, the tiger plays a key role in maintaining healthy ecosystems. 

These ecosystems supply both nature and people with fresh water, food, and many other vital services – which means by saving the tiger, we are helping people too. 

   
4. Tigers are a lifeline for many people
   
Tigers can directly help some of the world’s poorest communities. 

For one thing, where tigers exist, tourists go. And where tourists go, money can be made by communities with few alternatives for making a living.

Tiger conservation projects also help provide other alternative livelihoods for rual communities, that are not only more sustainable but which can raise income levels too.
   
5. The tiger is a survivor
   
The tiger has evolved over thousands of years. 

Now this big cat is being trapped, skinned, and pushed out of its home. And yet it clings to survival, barely, in a few patches of forest scattered across Asia. 

That's enough of a reason to give this species a fighting chance to make it into the next decade.
   


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