Introducing Tiger Tales, our Morris School online literary magazine!
As part of our Tiger Reading Incentive program, in January students were called upon to draw and/or write an expository piece about tiger conservation. We are proud to announce that 103 students participated, approximately 1/3rd of our school population! The quality of submissions was exceptional making it incredibly difficult to choose winners, but 7 students (one from each grade) rose to the top and were selected to win a gift card to the World Wildlife Federation to symbolically adopt a tiger.
Below are the winning submissions.
A tiger’s stripes helps it hunt in tall grass. A tiger hunts water buffalo and sambar deer.
Lauren (Grade 1)
Tigers are endangered because people hunt them. Tigers are killed for their skins. You can help save tigers by donating money to groups that protect tigers and teach others.
Joylan (Grade 2)
Since the twentieth century the number of tigers went from one hundred thousand to three thousand two hundred. The three reasons tigers are endangered are habitat loss, illegal hunting, and inbreeding. Habitat loss is a problem because tigers are territorial. Illegal hunters poach tigers to make medicine from their bones in China. When tigers mate and are similar their pups are weaker and it is called inbreeding. People can help by stopping logging and from hunting. We need more police to arrest poachers. We need tiger habitats to be protected from development. By opening more land, the chances are better that different tigers will mate and stop inbreeding.
Kylie (Grade 3)
Tigers are endangered for many reasons. The first reason is that tigers spread diseases to each other. Tigers get very sick and can die. Another reason is that people cut down their habitats for more room for cities and towns. When people cut down their habitats, the tiger’s space to live disappears and the food chain disappears. Farmers kill them because they try to eat their livestock. Sadly people kill tigers for their fur and bones. They are called poachers. The poachers sell the fur and bones for money. The last reason is people kill tiger’s food like pig, deer, elk, fish, and small animals. This leaves the tigers without enough food to survive. Two ways to help save tigers would be to educate people and to have more conservation land for them to be protected.
Robert (Grade 4)
Did you know that there were once 100,000 tigers living in the wild, but now there are only 3,200? These are some reasons why the tiger population has decreased in the past 100 years and things we can do about it and how we can help.
One reason why the tiger population has decreased is because humans have been destroying tiger habitat. We can help this problem by recreating tiger habitat and simply not building on it in the first place.
Another sad reason for the decrease in tiger populations around the world is because poachers, or illegal hunters, hunt tigers for their fur, internal organs, and bones. They use the internal organs and bones for “medicinal” value, but really they have no medicinal value whatsoever. They use the fur for tiger skin rugs. A solution to this problem is to make it illegal for game hunters and poachers to hunt tigers. A worldwide treaty called the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) established in 1973 has already banned this but sadly, it is still happening.
A possible reason for the decline of the tiger population is air and water pollution. Tigers drinking polluted water could get sick and die from it. Also, tigers breathing in polluted air could get some kind of lung disease or cancer from it and die. By using green sources of energy and transportation like wind and solar powered power plants and bicycles, by finding better ways to treat waste water, and just by simply not dumping waste and chemicals into waterways, we can improve air and water pollution.
Another probable reason for the decrease in the tiger population is that hotter temperatures are drying up water holes and depriving the tiger and its prey from water. We can help this problem by decreasing global warming and by not using fossil-fuel powered power plants that pump greenhouse gases into the atmosphere which causes global warming.
The tiger has declined in population because people are capturing wild tigers and bringing them into captivity. We can improve this problem by training the captive tigers how to hunt and survive in the wild again and then release them back into their natural habitat. We can rescue orphaned tiger cubs and teach them how to survive in the wild too. And of course release them.
Decreasing tiger populations are also due to diseases such as the Canine Distemper Virus (CDV), which was recently discovered. A potential solution to this problem is to study CDV and find ways to resist it and prevent it from spreading. Once they find a cure or solution to CDV, they could catch the diseased tigers and do whatever they can do to cure or prevent against it.
Declining tiger populations are also caused by prey depletion. Less prey means less food for the tiger. We can help this problem by breeding prey species and then releasing them into tiger habitats.
A major cause of tiger population decrease is because of poor genetic diversity through inbreeding. Isolated tiger families inbreeding with themselves causes gene mutations and changes in the DNA code. We can relocate tigers to other places to mix up the gene pool of tigers to prevent inbreeding.
There are many reasons why the tiger population has dropped. But there still is hope. There are solutions to the problems.
Long live the TIGER!
Dafne (Grade 5)
Tigers are becoming extinct but we can help because once we see we are part of the problem, we can be part of the solution. Tigers are some of the most powerful animals in the world. That’s why you might be surprised to learn that these huge cats are in big trouble. They are in danger of dying out completely but many people around the world are trying to save them. One hundred years ago more than 100,000 wild tigers were alive. Now only about 3,500 live in the wild. All remaining types of tigers are endangered. The biggest reason that tigers are endangered is the buying and selling of tiger body parts for money. To get these body parts, some people poach or break the law and kill wild tigers. Selling tiger products has been against the law in China since 1995 and most countries have agreed not to buy or sell tiger parts or products, but poaching continues. Poachers care more about making money than about protecting endangered animals. Another reason that tigers are endangered is because their habitat is disappearing. The number of people in Asia is growing quickly. People need more land to live on and grow food. Houses, farms, and roads are replacing the wild lands where tigers once made their homes. As the wild lands disappear, tigers must live in small areas that are far apart from each other. When this happens, it is much harder for tigers to survive. People around the world are working hard to save tigers from becoming extinct. The fourteen countries where tigers live have many conservation programs to protect tigers. India’s government began a program called Project Tiger in 1973. Project Tiger started creating tiger large reserves, protected areas of tiger habitat. There are now about 40 tiger reserves. Conservation groups from many nations help in countries where tigers live. They ask governments to create more reserves where tigers will be safe. They also raise money for tiger projects such as helping orphaned tiger cubs. No one wants tigers to become extinct but many people do not understand that time is running out for tigers. But you can make a change.