Target: Head of World Wildlife Fund-Russia, Igor Chestin
Goal: Praise the World Wildlife Fund and conservationists for increasing the numbers of Amur tigers.
In Russia, Amur tigers have suffered a loss in numbers thanks to human activity, but the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has reported a recent increase in their population. In a joint effort between WWF and conservationists, the Amur tiger population has increased by about 40 individuals. Sign this petition and thank those who were involved in bringing back these animals.
A census conducted in 2005 found that there were an estimated 423 to 502 Amur tigers living in the eastern side of Russia. The census monitored the 15,000 kilometers of the tigers’ habitat, where GPS, cameras, and various other technologies were used to track them. Over 2,000 specialists were brought in to track the tigers.
Along with human activity, the Amur tigers have been killed by poachers for the tigers’ pelts and other parts. The WWF and local conservationists have increased their anti-poaching efforts, and Russia has increased the penalties for those involved in such crimes. The nation also recently introduced penalties for those who hunt, store, and traffic the tigers.
As of right now, the number of Amur tigers is estimated to be around 540. With Russia’s Far East being home to 95 percent of the world’s Amur tigers, this is wonderful news. Please sign this petition and thank the head of WWF-Russia Igor Chestin and his team for increasing the numbers of Amur tigers.
Dear Igor Chestin,
The Amur tiger has been under threat for years thanks to human activity. In Asia, tigers are prized for their bones and pelts. The bones are thought to be medicinal, even though science does not back this claim. The pelts of these animals adorn homes, or are considered a status symbol. Unfortunately, this kind of mentality and the poaching that comes with it are destroying the tiger population. The media and the public are very well aware of this.
I am writing this letter to express my gratitude towards your organization’s efforts in bringing back the numbers of Amur tigers in Russia. It is a relief to know that conservation efforts are having a positive impact and I hope the tiger population will rebound completely. Please keep up the good work. Tigers and other wildlife deserve to have a place on this planet, not just the humans.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Dave Pape