Saving Tigers and their Forests
A world without tigers? Not if we can help it!
A century ago, 100,000 tigers roamed the forests of Asia. Today, scientists estimate only 3,200 tigers remain and as few as 500 Malayan tigers are left in the wild.
The continued loss and fragmentation of forests across tropical Asia and high levels of poaching threaten tigers and Asian bears with extinction. Scientists estimate that tigers may disappear completely from our world heritage within two decades. That’s not all. We humans also will lose precious forest resources on which the health of our planet depends.
Don’t take pity. Take action.
A recognized leader in innovative naturalistic exhibitry, Woodland Park Zoo will use innovative, hands-on education techniques in the new tiger and sloth bear exhibit complex to spread awareness of these conservation issues and engage millions of people in saving the wild animals and habitats we all love. For now. For the future.
Modeled on the theme “Sharing the Forest: People are the Conservation Solution,” the zoo’s new tiger and sloth bear exhibit complex presents the urgent conservation issues of habitat degradation, poaching for the illegal wildlife trade, and human-wildlife conflict to visitors, and promotes a sense of hope thanks to the conservation successes in the field that will be brought to life within the exhibit. Feeling part of the solution, visitors will take action inside the exhibit’s Conservation Action Center where they can take a pledge to protect forests here and around the world on which wildlife like tigers depend. To show how local actions have global impact, the exhibit will draw parallels between the benefits of saving tigers in Asia and conserving cougars and wolves in North America, encouraging local-minded actions that will serve as a model for global attitudes.