Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tiger.....an endangered species

Whenever i think "tiger" , the first thing that comes to my mind is whether my grand children will be able to really understand what inspired poet William Blake to write his famous poem ....The Tiger. Will they be able to see the 'fearful symmetry', just the way i try? Or will tigers be just the central characters of films like Jurassic Park, trying to give glimpse of what the animal 'was'?

Tigers, an epitome of power and speed derives its name from the Greek word tigris which is possibly from a Persian source meaning 'arrow'.They are charismatic predators and are totally at one with its home in the jungle.They are not just predators but are a key element of our ecosystem.

But the population of these animals are fast dwindling as a result of poaching and habitat destruction. The beautiful Bali tigers,Javan tigers, Caspian tigers are already extinct.

The greatest enemy of these fearsome predators is 'us'..the humans.They are killed for their furs or their bones or just for the sheer pleasure and greed.
It is a really alarming situation. We humans are supposed to be having the highest intellect.....then how come we do not understand the seriousness of the situation.
By saving the tigers we will be saving the very complicated ecosystem and in turn we will be saving ourselves.

Killing of tigers and destroying of their habitats by never ending march of human need and greed is leading to the destruction of one and only one species in the long run.....that is .....we HUMANS.