Conservationists say there are just 3,200 tigers left in the world as the future of the species is threatened by poachers, destruction of their habitat and climate change.
The world population of tigers has fallen by 95 per cent in the past century.
Let\’s start with the point that this is simply a lie. There are, reportedly, some 25,000 tigers in captivity in the US alone (other say 10,000, but the point is made).
It\’s 3,200 \”in the wild\” left, not \”in the world\”.
Secondly, yes, of course it\’s destruction of habitat. Just as both we and the US did with wolves, as we but they did not with the lynx and so on.
But note something: there is that pesky cycle that happens in development (or at least, has done so far). The US has reintroduced the wolf as the increased wealth of the country has led to the habitat regrowing. There are plans to reintroduce the lynx and even the wolf (that latter pretty sketchy plans at present) in the UK.
This of course is only possible if there is a resevoir of the animals, a gene pool somewhere.
OK, we can see that on current trajectories places like India and China will be as rich in 80, 90 years as we are now. We would expect the habitats to expand somewhere between here and there, as our own have.
So why not let the tiger go extinct in the wild and then reintroduce it?