Celebrate Global Tiger Day by becoming a Tiger protector!
Today marks this years’ Global Tiger Day, an annual event dedicated to raising awareness and support for the international tiger population.
The Club recently announced a partnership with global conservation charity WWF and pledged support of the mission to double wild tiger numbers by 2022.
There are many Club activities planned in association with WWF to help achieve this target, including the introduction of the WWF Family Zone in the South Stand of the KCOM Stadium, as well as a dedicated WWF Matchday – fixture to be announced next week.
Why are tigers so important?
As top predators, tigers help to keep their environment healthy.
It’s the way things naturally work in the wild – the predators prey on other animals, in this case herbivores (plant-eaters) such as deer. But without enough tigers to eat them, herbivores can overgraze and damage the land, disrupting the balance of the local environment.
Local people also depend on a healthy environment for food, water and lots of other resources. By helping protect tigers we’re also helping look after the places where they live, which is good for all the people and wildlife sharing that environment.
Tigers are a majestic and powerful species, but they need our help.
Globally, we’ve lost 95% of wild tigers since the beginning of the 20th century. There are only around 3,900 tigers remaining in the wild. They’ve been killed and their habitats destroyed. Tigers used to roam across most of Asia, but now they’re restricted to just 7% of their original range, in isolated forests and grasslands across 13 countries.
Become a Tiger Protector today and help us protect this magnificent species.
Remember to keep an eye out for the WWF Matchday announcement next week.