Conservation

Conservation

The conservation of tigers is essential. Without it, there would not have been a single tiger left due to the many threats. But what entails tiger conservation, which subjects are important? We know it’s an incredibly difficult task to conserve tigers. Below you can read about some of the most important subjects in the field of tiger conservation.

It’s not part of conservation itself but awards for conservationists are just a minor way to honour their work. There can’t be enough awards to pay tribute to the ones that risk their lives for conserving tigers (and other animals).

For conservationists it is a must to have an understanding of the local biology and ecology to understand what is happening in and with the forests. 

Making sure that tigers have a place where they can live, and reproduce is one of the two essential subjects within conservation. Habitats must not only be big enough, they also need to safe, as there are many threats lurking.

One of the most delicate subject within conservation are the human-tiger conflicts. This means that there is a conflict situation with humans or human-related property. Like dogs, cattle. The amount of HTCs in an area is a factor to be reckoned with.

There are many discussions whether indigenous people contribute to the conservation of tigers or not. Some theories prove that their presence keeps poachers away and that they can live in coexistence with tigers. But there is also proof that other indigenous people are actively involved in poaching. Because of their presence it is always an important factor to reckon with within conservation.

Understanding tigers and their behavior is also understanding their health. Like humans tigers can get sick too. The prospects of a virus wiping out an entire populations are just as real as with humans. 

Sometimes it feels like the success of conservation is only measured by numbers. But although it is important to understand how many tigers can live in a certain area, conservation is more about numbers. 

Next to a safe environment it is vital to eat. Securing a prey base that is enough for all tigers living in an area is also vital for good conservation. This sounds easier said than done as tigers have many competitors for their prey. The biggest competitors are people living in or nearby the forests. 

Sometimes it happens that a tiger, mostly one or more cubs, are found in a position they need help. The decision to get them out of their habitat is not easy. The chance of a captive tiger ever being successfully released back into the wild again, is just low. Conservation is also about this. Just like it is about reintroducing tigers in areas without tigers.

Tigers can die. From natural causes, in or due to fights, by poaching or by forces of nature, like floods. For conservation it is important to know why tigers die. 

Below you can find a number of articles about these big threats.