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ENDANGERED SPECIES: TIGERS
2010 is the Chinese Year of the Tiger Do Your Part to Protect the Tiger!




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    Creative Commons Siberian Tiger
    HISTORY OF THE TIGER
    • Scientific Name: Panthera Tigris
    • Family Name: Felidae
      • Largest member of the Felidae family
    • Inhabit: Russia, North Korea, China, India, Southeast Asia and Indonesian Islands
    • Types: 8 subspecies of tigers
      • Categorized By: body size, skull characteristics, and print of skin (coloring and patterns)
    • Extinct Species: The Javan tiger, Bali tiger and Caspian tiger
    • Existing Species: Amur, Bengal, Indochinese, Malayan, South China and Sumatran.
    • Evolution: Adapted to hunt, kill, and eat raw meat
    • Lifespan: 10-15 Years in the wild and 16-20 Years in captivity




  • TIGER'S NICHE
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        Creative Common Tiger

        Tigers are a leading role in the ecosystems in which they reside. Tigers are the hold an enforcing role with being the largest predators of many sizes of prey, such as deer, wild pigs, cattle, and smaller species. Tigers can eat up to 90 pounds in one sitting and after a big meal they sometimes wont eat again for up to two weeks. Living in dense, thick, and large areas of forestry, tigers inhabit many acres of land in order to survive. Their aptitude for the brush causes tigers to live in environments in which humans would normally not. These forests, found on the Asian continent, are protective and are where tiger "packs" and families are found. They attack their prey and feed on it as well as share their feed with the fellow tigers. Most predatory activity occurs during the nighttime and tigers are very protective of their young, as shown in this Animal Planet Video.


  • PROGRAMS & LAWS THAT PROTECT TIGERS
    • WWF
      • "World Wildlife Fund" with a specialized organization called "Save the Tigers" that promotes awareness, fund raising, and support in efforts to protect the tigers habitat, species from poaching, and from environmental factors that lead to extinction.
    • CITES
      • "Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora" is a law that regulates trade and protects the endangered animals from being traded or illegally poached. This if unfortunately often ignored via the black markets of fur trading, but with awareness these markets will hopefully be one day eliminated.
    • ESA
      • "Endangared Species Act" of 1973
is the strongest environmental legislation because species are designated as endangered or threatened entirely on biological terms and economic situations can not these influence decisions. The tiger is at the top of the Species Act list with growing awareness with hope to be one day taken off the list.


  • ENDANGERMENT PRESSURES
    • Poaching, deforestation, and climate change all effect tigers and their level of endangerment clearly demonstrated with this Animal Planet Video


  • CITATIONS

Annabell, Maxine. "Life Span." Tiger Territory. Google, 2001. Web. 4 Oct. 2010. <http://www.lairweb.org.nz/tiger/lifespan.html>.

"Evolution of Tigers." Nature Observers. Google, n.d. Web. 4 Oct. 2010. <http://www.natureobservers.com/snowtiger/evolution.htm>.

"Tiger." Animal Planet. Discovery, 2010. Web. 4 Oct. 2010. <http://animal.discovery.com/mammals/tiger/>.


"Tiger." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2010. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 04 Oct. 2010 <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic /595456/tiger>.


"Tigers." Animals. Sea World, 2010. Web. 4 Oct. 2010. <http://www.seaworld.org/animal-info/info-books/tiger/conservation.htm>.