Target: Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of Forests and Environment
Goal: Thank the government of India for protecting the world’s endangered tigers by creating a new tiger sanctuary.
A new reserve for tigers has been created within Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu, India. The area is home to about 25 tigers and is protected under national law. This is a great milestone for tiger conservation in India, as the country contains over half the world’s tiger populations. Tigers are an endangered species and the Indian government should be commended for its work on protecting these magnificent creatures.
Tiger numbers have declined by about 95 percent in the last century. Habitat loss is a major threat to tiger populations. Due to human development and urban sprawl, more natural forests are being cut down to make room for bigger cities and towns. By destroying these forested areas, humans are removing food and habitat resources for tigers. Another major threat to tigers is poaching. Tigers have long been hunted for their beautiful coats and also for their body parts. Many Asian countries believe that tiger bones and tiger organs contain medicinal properties, although there is little to no scientific data to support this claim.
The new reserve is 272-square-miles and connects several adjacent parks. Therefore, it also provides a safe haven for other important and threatened creatures, including elephants, hyenas, and leopards. There are about 3,000 tigers left in the wild, and India is home to over half of those wild tigers. As top predators, tigers are important in their range because they control prey populations and regulate the balance of the ecosystem. Tigers are essential to the environment and the government of India is taking great strides in saving this species.
Sign the petition below to applaud Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan for her tiger conservation efforts.
Dear Ms. Natarajan,
I was pleased to hear about the creation of the new tiger reserve within Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary. This new protection area is home to 25 tigers as well as many other important species. As you may know, there are approximately 3,000 tigers left in the wild, and India is home to over half of these tigers. Tiger numbers have declined by 95 percent in the last century due to human activities.
Due to human development, natural forests are being cut down, eliminating food and habitat resources for tigers. Although tiger poaching is illegal, many tigers are still being hunted and traded internationally. These two major threats have made it difficult for tiger populations to successfully survive in the wild.
Tigers are an important component of the ecosystem and they help to control prey populations. The new reserve will protect the tigers within its boundaries, and hopefully help the tiger population in India increase. The government of India is taking great strides in saving this species, and your dedication to tiger conservation is commendable. Thank you for your work in protecting this magnificent species.
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