Tigers are amazing creatures and after more than a century of population decline, their numbers are starting to rise thanks to major conservation efforts. But there are less than 4000 tigers left in the world, so they need our help to protect their habitat and their future. Here are 5 simple ways you and the kids can help.
1. Adopt a tiger. Comes with a cute toy, and helps raise awareness and fund conservation efforts.
2. Choose FSC-certified or recycled tissue and toilet paper. Many products contain paper from trees that have been cut down from rainforests, especially from Sumatra.
3. Avoid products with palm oil. This is surprisingly challenging at first as many, many common items, from beauty products to candy, contain palm oil. Palm plantations take the place of vital habitat to tigers. You can also look for the RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil.
4. Make sure mama’s coffee is Rainforest Alliance certified, to insure that forests were not destroyed to make room for coffee plantations.
5. Ask your local grocery stores and businesses to stock products with these certifications. In fact, see if you can get your school to do it!
What other ways can we help tigers? Share your ideas in the comments below.
photo courtesy Woodland Park Zoo