Tigers are endangered species. While they used to roam free in countries like Singapore, they no longer exist in that part of world. Hunted for their skin and teeth or killed out of fear, tigers are in danger. Their body parts are even used for traditional medicine across Asia. But there is some good news: In some parts of the world, tiger populations are now increasing for the first time in 100 years. And conservationists are aiming to double the tiger population by 2022!
So with this in mind, let’s take a look at the countries that still have wild tigers. And if tigers are your favourite animal, be sure to see The Tiger Who Came to Tea on tour. Fun days out Leicester don’t get much better than this, so gather the family and enjoy a day to remember.
It’s recently been reported that in India alone, there are around 2,600 – 3,350 wild tigers, which makes up around three-quarters of the world’s population. The country next to India, Nepal, has also seen its tiger population rise over the past decade, with over 200 tigers roaming free.
According to National Geographic, around 500 Siberian tigers remain in eastern Russia and the bordering regions. These beautiful creatures are being threatened by habitat loss and poachers. But Russian park rangers and conservationists are cracking down on tiger poaching, which has been made illegal across the globe.
Indonesia is also home to wild tigers. These are called Sumatran tigers, and there are thought to be fewer than 400 left in the wild. As such, they are listed as Critically Endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Again, tigers are in danger here due to poaching and human-wildlife conflict. If we don’t look after these creatures, they could end up extinct like the Javan and Balinese tigers that also used to live in Indonesia.
Back in the mid-1900s, an estimated 3,000 Malayan tigers were still roaming Malaysia’s rainforests. But today, they have been tragically hunted down to a mere 200. Since 2015, they have been classified as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List. Many things are being done in this part of the world, however, to save the tigers. For example, a National Tiger Conservation Centre has recently been completed and started operations in March 2021.
Thailand recently had some great news regarding its tiger population. Secret cameras filmed tiger cubs roaming through the forest, providing evidence that this big cat is breeding in Southeast Asia. Conservationists are working hard to provide safe areas for tigers to breed here, with the hope that the population will begin to increase.
If you’re wondering what to do with kids in Leicester, The Tiger Who Came to Tea is a must. Based on the much-loved storybook by Judith Kerr, you can meet Sophie, her mum and their tiger guest on a family fun day Leicester. Book your tickets today.