Jiyo Mere Sher

Jiyo Mere Sher
“Once upon a time, in a jungle far
away, there lived an elegant striped animal, which was called the Tiger”
Unless we understand the importance
of tiger conservation seriously and get involved in attempts to prevent the
animal from becoming extinct and preserving its natural habitat, it won’t be
very long before tigers would be confined to just these fairy tales.
The most iconic species of the wild
animals ever, the tiger is not just a fascinating or enigmatic animal or just
another wild animal living in some far away habitat.
The tiger is a unique animal which
plays a focal role in the strength, vigour and diversity of our ecosystem.
Being one of the topmost hunters our ecology has ever seen, tigers stand at the
zenith of the food chain and hence help to keep the population of the wild
ungulates in check. They help in sustaining the equilibrium between the prey
herbivores and the vegetation upon which they feed.
When animals at the top and bottom
of the food chain start to decline, it’s a clear sign that the entire ecosystem
is in jeopardy. 
Therefore the presence of tigers in the forests is an indicator
of the well-being of our ecosystem. If our ecosystem is well preserved, it
helps in contributing incessant source to both nature of people with fresh
water, food and many other vial services.
The disappearance of the top
predator is a symptom that our ecosystem is not sufficiently protected, and nor
would it exist for long thereafter, which means that by saving the tiger, we
are saving people too.
If the tigers go extinct, the entire
system would collapse. Large predators like tigers are an umbrella species and
protecting them aids hundreds of other species of animals including other
endangered creatures that share tiger territory and habitat and form the
biodiversity, a foundation to keeping our planet vigorous.
Our forests are not only major water
catchment areas, but they provide various other ecological services like clean
air, water, pollination, regulation of temperature etc. Tigers also help the
planet’s poorest communities, by supporting the local economy, in the form of increasing
tourism, which in turn helps provide alternative livelihoods for rural
communities that are supportable to it and raises their income levels.
It’s time we comprehend and
appreciate that when a species goes extinct, it leaves behind a blemish or
mutilation, which affects the entire ecosystem.
Tiger Tiger
burning bright, we will not let you fade out of sight…
That is my
promise to you that we will fight.
Jiyo Mere
Sher

“If nature has made anything
more beautiful than a tiger then I do not know what it might be” – Stephen Fry

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