08/30/2011

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As an a-ex predator, the tiger plays a key role in maintaining the balance within the ecosystem of a jungle. Tigers depend on herbivores for food, herbivores in turn depend on plans and vegetation. By preying on herbivores and checking their population the tiger prevents the over- over use of vegetation and saves forest land from overgrazing

Since the beginning of last century tiger population has shrunk by more than 90%. In some part of the world, tigers are illegally hunted for their teeth, claws, skin, whiskers and bones. Clearing of forests to meed human demands forces tigers into much smaller habitats. 

                           Bhutan is found to be last hope for tiger's survival.

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n Bhutan, the tiger thrives in the dense forest of Royal Manas, on the southern border of India. However, in Bhutan the tiger has left its tracks in the snows of the Himalayas up to 10,000 feet, suggesting the possibility of a subspecies of superior size.


Although revered in Bhutan ever since Guru Rinpoche brought Buddhism by riding on the back of a flying tigress, the importance to tiger conservation began with legal support in 1995, when the Forests and Nature Conservation Act of Bhutan labelled the tiger as “totally protected.”

                       Lost tiger population discovered in Bhutan mountains

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A lost population of tigers has been filmed living in the Himalayas.
The discovery has stunned experts, as the tigers are living at a higher altitude than any others known and appear to be successfully breeding.
Their presence in the Bhutan highlands has been confirmed by footage taken by a BBC natural history camera crew.
Creating a nature reserve around the tigers could connect up fragmented populations across Asia, preventing the extinction of the world's biggest cat.
Tigers are known to live in the Himalayan foothills of Bhutan, though little is known about them, or how many there are.However, leading tiger expert Dr Alan Rabinowitz, formerly of the World Conservation Society and now President of Panthera, a conservation organisation dedicated to safeguarding big cat species, suspected that tigers may also be living at higher altitude, following anecdotal reports by villagers suggesting that some were roaming as high as 4000m (13,000ft).So, together with a BBC film crew, he decided to investigate by journeying to Bhutan to seek proof that such mountain tigers did indeed exist.
Dr Rabinowitz enlisted the help of BBC wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan, who has filmed wild cats worldwide for more than 10 years.
Under Dr Rabinowitz's direction, Mr Buchanan trekked up into the mountains, where he then set a series of camera traps, that would automatically film any creature moving in front.

                                                                              Let us save the tigers..

All life forms in an ecosystem are interdependent and their survival depends upon each other. So by saving a tiger, we save more  than just a n animal- we save the entire forest with all the animals and plants in it. According to WWF, "When we protect one tiger, we protect about a 100sq. km of area and thus save other species living in its habitat."
 


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