The tiger, largest of all cats, is one of the most charismatic and evocative species on Earth; it is also one of the most threatened.
Less than 4,000 remain in the wild, most in isolated pockets spread across increasingly fragmented forests stretching from India to south-eastern China and from the Russian Far East to Sumatra, Indonesia.
The tiger is a powerful symbol of reverence among the variety of cultures that live across its range. They command respect, awe or fear from their human neighbours.
Even in places where tigers have become extinct or never existed in the wild, they live in myth and legend.
As top predators, they keep populations of wild ungulates in check, thereby maintaining the balance between prey herbivores and the vegetation upon which they feed. A whole myriad of other life-forms are essential to support a healthy tiger population.
The Save The Sumatran Tiger petition to UN and World Wildlife Federation was written by ghea and is in the category Animal Welfare at GoPetition.