WWF scientist Eric Dinerstein is working on the forefront of the Tiger Initiative.

 

In the last 10 years, three species of tigers have become extinct from over-hunting and poaching problems. Currently, experts are working to ensure that tigers have a sustainable future.

 

Metro spoke to Dinerstein on why the initiative is important and how they are ensuring tigers will have a future in this world.

Why are wild tigers being poached so much today?
It’s much cheaper to go out and hunt a wild tiger than it is to feed and maintain one in captivity.
We need to work closely with local governments as very few people are benefiting from this illegal activity.

 

In your opinion, what are the most shocking tiger facts?
As of today, tigers occupy seven per cent of their historical coverage and that they have 40 per cent less habitable and hunting area than they did 10 years ago.


What is the key strategy needed for the survival of wild tigers?
Mustering political will between the 13 tiger states. We also need to stabilize the current situation. Take the case of blue whales, despite efforts to save them, they are breeding very slowly — tigers are the opposite as they breed faster than their prey.


What kind of diet, on a year-to year-basis, does a tiger need in order to survive?
Approximately 50 deer-sized animals are needed to feed one female tiger across a one-year period. Once you know how much prey is needed, you can sustain its’ breeding population.