WWF Thailand Campaign for Conservation of Tigers

On 20th January 2010 WWF Thailand has arranged a campaign march for conservation of tigers. They hope seed sense of conservation among younger generation. About 200 youths together with famous singers from RS Promotion participated in the march which started at Phon King Phet Monument, passed Hua Hin day market, Hua Hin Foundation, Clock Tower and ended back at the Phon King Phet Monument.

The largest cat of all, the tiger is a powerful symbol among the different cultures that share its home. But this magnificent animal is being persecuted across its range. Tigers are poisoned, shot, trapped, and snared, largely as a result of conflicts with people and to meet the demands of a continuing illegal trade in tiger derivatives and parts. On top of this, both their habitat and natural prey continue to disappear.  Tiger numbers have fallen by more than 70 percent in slightly more than a decade in the Greater Mekong, with the region’s five countries containing only 350 tigers, according to a new WWF report.

Major decline since the last Year of the tiger is reflected in the global wild tiger population, which is at an all time low of 3200 down from an estimated 5000 to 7000 during the last Year of the Tiger. The report states that increasing demand for tiger body parts used in traditional Chinese medicine and habitat fragmentation from unsustainable regional infrastructure development have driven the decline of the region’s Indochinese tiger population.

Reported by Natsupa Dechapanya

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