There are approximately 3000 tigers left in the world and are expected to be extinct by 2030. I will be talking to you about the global issue of tiger poaching. My goal today is that I want to completely stop the poaching of these beautiful tigers. This is very important because tigers could potentially go extinct and the tiger is an apex predator and plays an essential role in the health of the ecosystem.

There are a total of 13 countries with wild tigers remaining, this is quite significant with the total of how many countries use to have tigers. A tiger skin could sell for approximately $4,250 in 1977, about $16,880 in 2015. The cost of tiger skin has rose in price so much because there are becoming fewer and fewer tigers each year which is making them a lot rarer. A century ago, there were over 100,000 tigers that were roaming the wild, but now there may be as few as 3,200. The parts from a single tiger can fetch as much as $50,000 on the black market today.

With only 13 countries remaining with wild tigers the beautiful creatures can easily become extinct especially with the rate the poachers are going at the moment. The method these poachers are using to kill the endangered animals are very cruel and should not be done to any animal. These tigers are a unique animal which play a pivotal role in the health and the diversity of the ecosystem. If tigers were to go extinct the food chain in the ecosystem would be completely changed and moved around.

Poachers usually kill animals for only one product: tigers are slaughtered for their striped fur, elephants are killed for their ivory tusks and rhinos their large horn. The bodies of the animals are left to rot. Sharks are lured to boats and caught on a hook that pulls them aboard. Their dorsal fins are cut off and their bodies thrown back into the ocean. Without fins they can't swim and will die. The illegally obtained fins are used to make shark fin soup, a delicacy in Asia. 

In the forest ecosystem tiger sits at the top of the food chain as a tertiary carnivore and primary predator. Along with other major carnivores as leopard it acts as a control mechanism for herbivores or consumers. Thus it controls the population of herbivores and preserves the forest and grassland ecosystem. The interdependence of living forms in a food chain is obvious as the wild tiger is dependent upon herbivores for its survival where he maintains there population which in turn prevents the grasslands from being overgrazed.

There are many things to be done to stop tiger poaching and the extinction of the tigers. First of all you can donate too many charities that are helping to stop poaching and trying to save the extinction of tigers. The number of enforcers needs to be increased so that there are enough to watch the herds and make sure poachers can't shoot the animals. The reserve parks in Africa should become a huge zoo so that the animals can migrate but within a fenced area. Another idea is to build a cement enclosure instead of fences. Watchtowers could be constructed so enforcers can monitor a wide variety of poacher targets. This may not completely end the problem, but it would slow it down.

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