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Save Tigers Now

WWF/Martin Harvey

2010 is the “YEAR OF THE TIGER” on the Chinese lunar calendar. How ironic that the very existence of tigers is teetering on the edge right now as so many have been killed and poached and wiped out from their natural environments. There are probably about 3,200 tigers left in the wild–that’s in the entire world. The number of tigers in the wild has declined by 97% and three subspecies are already extinct.

The Chinese calendar repeats every twelve years. Continuing the decimation of the species means that by the next Year of the Tiger, in 2022, they could all be gone.

The World Wildlife Fund has a subsite: Save Tigers Now where you can learn more as well as donate directly to their conservation efforts. The goal is to reverse this ridiculous decline, and in fact DOUBLE the population of tigers in the wild by the year 2022. Leonardo DiCaprio is the ambassador for Save Tigers Now, and his commitment (to this and so many hugely important environmental issues), and ours, is what it will take to counter the poaching demand (tiger skins, bones, and organs are used in Chinese medicine and as tourist souvenirs) and indiscriminate clearcut logging and habitat destruction in Asia.

Anyone who knows me (or has looked at my photo on the “about” page of this blog) knows that I am wild about tigers. My experience at the Tiger Temple in Thailand and holding 5-week old tiger cubs as well as interacting with an adult tiger are memories that will always be with me. May we take the action required so that tigers can be more than only memory.

Mission Blue

Photo: Eva Schuster, sxc.hu

In a little over a week I am traveling to the Galapagos Islands with the leading green focused tour provider, Ecoventura. I have been so intrigued by the islands for so long, and am truly looking forward to exploring in a responsive and responsible way.

The Galapagos Islands were recently the location of an amazing leap forward for ocean protection around the world. A much larger ship than the one I’ll be on (we’ll only have 20 passengers) took several celebrities and leading marine scientists (including Sylvia Earle, Leonardo DiCaprio, Edward Norton, Glenn Close, Elizabeth Banks, Steve Case, Ted Waitt, Bill Joy, Jackson Browne, Damien Rice, Chevy Chase, Jean-Michel Cousteau and 30 of the world’s leading marine scientists) for a think tank excursion that turned into huge action. Mission Blue (committed to preserving enough “Hope Spots” in the seas to “restore the blue heart of the planet” was the uniting force behind this great conluence of inspiration and commitemtns (financial and otherwise).

The full story is found here on the TED Blog. Give a read–it will inspire you.

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