Tiger conservation in Bangladesh
The Sundarbans in Bangladesh is home to one of the largest surviving single populations of tigers in the world. However, despite being legally protected since 1974, the tiger is critically endangered.
Tigers need our help!
Tigers are in trouble – 100 years a go there were around 100,000 wild tigers in the world, but the number has plummeted to just 3,200 today.
Unless we all act now, we will see the extinction of tigers in our own lifetime.
In Bangladesh there are an estimated 300 and 500 tigers - this is one of the largest populations of tigers left in the world! Conserving the tigers in Bangladesh will therefore contribute massively to the conservation of the species as a whole.
Why should we save tigers and their forest home?
The tiger is the king of the jungle – as top carnivore it sits atop the food pyramid and therefore has large land requirements. In this way it represents thousands of other animals and plants which live in their forest home. If we can save the tiger, we can also save the rest of these creatures and our last surviving forests.
And why do we need these forest ecosystems?
The tiger’s forest home in Bangladesh is the Sundarbans, literally meaning “beautiful forest” in the Bangla language. Covering an area of 6,000 sq kilometres, this is the world’s largest mangrove forest and is almost half of Bangladesh’s remaining forest.
The Sundarbans is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance. The forest supports the livelihoods of millions of local people, it provides food and building materials, it buffers the whole country from devastating cyclones, and it prevents the coast from being washed away by rising seas. Like all forests, the Sundarbans also produces oxygen that all of us on Planet Earth need to breathe!
By saving tigers here, we will therefore not only save an animal from extinction, but we will also save this important forest ecosystem for the people of Bangladesh, and also for ourselves, our children, and our children’s children.