Watch this video on how to help endangered Tigers
The Bengal Tiger used to be a member of eight amazing tiger breeds that once roamed our earth. Due to poaching and deforestation, three of those eight have gone extinct and the other five have become endangered. Luckily the Bengal Tiger survived but is barely hanging on with less than 2,500 individuals left. Attempting at preserving these animals, places including WWF are pouring money out to try and stop poaching in the top 12 most tiger-populated landscapes. World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is cracking down on law enforcement in anti-poaching communities in order to spread the word and create a harsher punishment for poachers.
According to the World Wildlife Fund website, “Today, there are over 400 community led anti-poaching operations in Nepal’s Terai Arc”. WWF is also becoming more harsh about world-wide tiger trading and conserving these animals homes. To do this, WWF is looking after those countries where Bengal Tigers live and is educating communities about the harm deforestation can cause. WWF is working to secure large portions of the Bengal Tiger habitats by negotiating with government officials to try and protect more areas. The reforestation has been successful and habitats have been recreated for many animals. Trade Records Analysis of Flora and Fauna In Commerce (TRAFFIC) is working with WWF to try to abolish any wildlife trading. Together they support intelligence networks that are able to get an inside look on the vicious cycle that is wildlife trade. TRAFFIC also found that over two years, 200 smuggled parts of tigers were confiscated. Another organization, South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN), is helping to stop animal trade too by enforcing aggressive laws and policies. One law that protects animals like these is the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.