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  • 0:04 Tigers Are in Danger!
  • 0:37 Poaching
  • 1:14 Habitat Loss
  • 2:01 Hunting Livestock
  • 2:27 How People Are Helping Tigers
  • 2:56 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Elizabeth Diehl

Elizabeth studied to be a special education teacher at Regis University, and received her masters in 2014.

Tigers are in danger of disappearing from this planet, but why? Today we explore why tigers are endangered as well as how people are trying to save them.

Tigers are in Danger!

Do you like to visit the tigers at the zoo? If so, it's easy to see why: they're beautiful, powerful, and the biggest cats in the world.

In the safety of zoos, zoologists and researchers can study them and share what they know to people who visit. In the wild, tigers are the top predator. Yet being the top predator does not make life easy for them. In every place tigers live, they're endangered, or at risk of disappearing from the wild. The reasons are complicated, but there are people trying to save as many tigers as they can. Let's look at those reasons now.

Poaching

Have you ever wished to be as powerful as a tiger? There are people all around the world who recognize that tigers are powerful animals. Some people think that if they had a little part of a tiger, they would be powerful, too.

There are poachers, or illegal hunters, who kill tigers and sell their body parts to people who think they will get stronger and more powerful with tiger parts. Poachers only hunt tigers to make money for themselves, which is a big problem for the tigers. For example, a mother tiger might get caught in a poacher's trap. Without the mother tiger, the cubs will not survive, so the poacher ended up killing more than just one tiger in his trap.

Habitat Loss

Another huge problem for tigers everywhere is habitat loss. A habitat is the environment where an animal lives.

Tigers can't just live anywhere. Tigers need a habitat that has forest and grassland, and they need to be far apart from each other. Tigers spend most of their lives alone, so they do not do well when they are too close together. As you can see, tigers need lots of space to hunt and live.

The problem is that people want the same space to live in, too. Tigers live in countries such as India, Russia, China and Malaysia. These countries are growing very quickly, and people need the valuable land that tigers like. When people want to log for timber, or build farms, or make more cities in tiger habitats, the tigers lose their space. Without enough habitat, it's very hard for tigers to find enough food and raise their cubs.

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