Today is International Tiger Day 2017. I was browsing through the themes for the day. And came across this one: “Tiger Tiger burning bright, will not let you fade out of sight, that is my promise and for you we will fight”.
My promise for you we will fight: The words sounded like a beautiful poem for kids. And reminded me that we have our kiddo at home. Today is International Tiger Day 2017. And we must discuss about the ecological importance of largest wild cat.
Here is my initiative towards empowering our kiddo. The hope is to spread some awareness to our future citizen! Dear Parents, you also can discuss the following facts with your kids. And ask them to share the information with friends.
Here are 10 facts about tigers:
1. The tiger is the largest wild cat in the world. Scientific name is Panthera tigris.
2.There are six types of tigers: Bengal tigers, Siberian tigers, Sumatran tigers, Malayan tigers, Indochinese tigers, and South China tigers. There were three more types, but they are extinct now.
2. Tigers live in the continent of Asia in tropical rain forests, cold forests, or in mountains.
3. Tigers can live to only 15 years in the wild, but upto 20 years of age in zoos.
4. Tigers can weigh up to 800 pounds and measure 11 feet from head to tail.
5. The stripes are like fingerprints and no two tigers have the same pattern.
6. Tigers use their tails to communicate with one another. A tiger is relaxed if their tail is loosely hanging. Aggression is displayed by rapidly moving the tail from side to side or by holding it low with occasional intense twitches.
7. One averaged sized tiger can eat up to 60 pounds of meat at a single time. The tiger hunts alone, primarily between dusk and dawn, traveling six to 20 miles in a night in search of prey.
8. A tiger’s saliva is antiseptic, and comes handy when a tiger cleans its wounds.
9. Adult females generally produce a litter every two years. Tiger cubs weigh just over two pounds at birth and nurse until they are six months old. During the next 18 months, they gradually become independent, and at about two years of age strike out alone to find their own territory.
10. Tigers see perfectly in the darkness and they do it 6 times better than humans.
Why do kids need to know about tigers?
– Tigers take care of the well-being of the forests. They are on the top of the food chain. They prey on herbivorous animals like the deer and boar, thereby keeping their population in check. Without predators like the tiger, herbivorous animals would destroy the fragile jungles. Fear of tigers and other predators prevents people from entering the jungle and cutting down trees for cultivation or industrial purposes. Extinction of tigers would mean that jungles are at risk of destruction from people trying to make a living from farming, logging and poaching. Therefore, presence of the tiger means stability in forests.
What can kids do to save tigers?
– Spread the word: Kids are the future citizens. Also, kids take selfless interest in various matters. They can make a difference. They can remind adults not to destroy their world for tomorrow. As people learn more about tigers, they will try harder to protect them.
– Raise money: Kids can raise money for a tiger conservation organization – on his own, or as a school or scout-group project.
–Be a responsible tourist: They can follow the rules and regulations while visiting any wilderness, tiger reserve in particular. As they say ‘Don’t leave thing anything behind except foot steps, and don’t take anything except memories.’ Awareness of kids will go long way towards changing things the way they are today!
“Save the tigers before they are silenced forever, for the tiger, we must unite, so they don’t fade out of sight, don’t strip the stripes from the scenery. Save the Tiger”