In honour of Global Tiger Day (July 29), learn about the 4 countries where tiger numbers are growing, and the people making a difference. A male Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) leaping in Bandhavgarh National Park, India. (© Nitish Madan / WWF-International) Above: Think of a tiger. What do you see? Fire red and dense black stripes, a predator’s shadow hidden out of sight? A cultural icon, a symbol of power? The character of the book you read as a child, the pattern on your shirt, an endangered animal. The tiger is all of these things, and so much more to many. But even for those without a personal connection to this elusive big cat, the world as we know it would fall apart if tigers disappeared. As a keystone species, without them, entire ecosystems could collapse. Without them, countless other species could vanish forever. Without them, we could lose some of the forests that give us the very air we breathe, and the watersheds that bring us clean water to drink. In 2010, the decision was made: a world without tigers was not an option. They had been pushed to the brink of extinction and their numbers were […]

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