Since tigers tend to thrive in areas with vibrant ecosystems, their survival plays an integral part in protecting the planet as a whole. By working to save various species of tigers from going extinct, wildlife conservationists are helping the entire ecosystem thrive.
Maintaining the Forestry
Protecting tigers also involves protecting their habitats, which primarily consist of forests throughout Africa, China, and other parts of the world. The volume of trees and foliage in these forests are important in that they can absorb a great deal of carbon dioxide from surrounding communities. In Russia, the far east forests help absorb an estimated 130,000 tons of carbon annually. In safeguarding tigers, wildlife conservationists also protect our clean air, create jobs, and ensure medicinal plants continue to grow.
Protecting Fresh Water Sources
Tigers also thrive in areas where there are consistent sources of freshwater. If tigers become extinct and their habitats erode, those sources of freshwater may also dry up. In addition to providing local villages with fresh water for drinking and bathing, these water sources help plant life and wildlife thrive throughout these areas. The fresh water in these areas provides the basic nourishment needed for all forms of life. The water that provides a necessary source of hydration for tigers is also used for farm irrigation and generating energy. This is one more reason that humans are invested in protecting tigers and their habitats.
Safeguarding Other Animals
Another benefit of protecting tigers is that it helps protect the habitat for various other types of wildlife. Tigers live in regions that are populated with other types of wild animals, including elephants and primates. By protecting tigers, the ecosystem is maintained in better condition for the benefit of other species of wildlife that also live in the area. This includes helping endangered species thrive in the wild. Keeping a lush habitat for tigers will ensure those other species have the natural resources they need to thrive.
Tigers also play an important part in culture and society in some parts of the world. Many cultures rely on the ecosystems that tigers help create and maintain. This means the loss of tigers in those areas can negatively impact the human populations who live in neighboring villages.