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With every part of the tiger – from whisker to tail – traded in the illegal wildlife markets, 97% of all wild tigers are lost today. Only 3200 remain in the wild. But you can help bring them back.
Wild tigers are extinct in Singapore – the last one was shot to death in Choa Chu Kang Village in the 1930s. Today, wild tigers are found only in 13 countries.
Of the nine tiger subspecies, three are extinct, while the remaining six are critically endangered. In contrast to the 1900s, where there were around 100,000 wild tigers, only 3,200 of them are left in the wild today.
Habitat changes and loss of prey have accelerated their decline, but poaching remains their number one threat. They're butchered for their parts, which are then sold in the illegal wildlife trade. Tiger bones are used in traditional Asian medicine, tiger skins for symbols of wealth and tiger meat as exotic food. What's more, they're demanded alive – to be kept caged as house pets or circus animals.
Number of Tiger Seizures from JAN 2000 to APR 2014 (From TRAFFIC)Learn the plight of other endangered species scroll down
Although international trade in rhino horn has been banned since 1977, demand remains high today, fueling rhino poaching and illegal trading throughout Africa and Asia. It's time to put an end to wildlife crime.
Of the five rhinoceros species, four are threatened with three being critically endangered.
In Asia, the Sumatran Rhino – once widespread across Southeast Asia – has been reduced to small pockets, while the last of the Javan Rhinos can only be found in Ujung Kulon, Indonesia. The African rhinos have been the hardest hit – the Western Black Rhino was declared extinct in 2011 and there are only three Northern White Rhinos left.
Habitat destruction has devastated rhino populations, but illegal poaching remains the primary threat. Many parts of the rhino are believed to be aphrodisiacs or medicine. The horn is most prized for its ability to treat a wide range of illnesses, from fevers to hangovers. Typically, poachers only saw off the horn, leaving the rhino to bleed to death where it fell.
Number of rhinos poached in South Africa.Learn the plight of other endangered species scroll down
Snatched from their homes and smuggled, most macaws don't make it out alive. Those who do are denied their freedom for life. Locked up, ignored, and starved of food and water. No one can save them, but you.
The Macaws' beautiful plumage, along with its ability to mimic human voices, makes these parrots extremely popular in the pet trade. Despite them already being bred in captivity, the illegal trade of wild-caught Macaws still thrives.
All four species of “blue macaws” are threatened. The Spix's Macaw has not been seen since 2000, and the Glaucous Macaw since 1960. The Hyacinth Macaw is vulnerable and decreasing in numbers, while the Lear's Macaw is endangered with only little more than 250 adults remaining in the wild.
More than the loss of habitat, it's the rampant theft of Macaws and their eggs from the wild that is leading them to extinction. As a highly desired exotic pet, scores of Macaws are snatched from their homes every day to satisfy the illegal pet trade.Learn the plight of other endangered species scroll down
Turtles and tortoises are struggling to survive. Threatened by habitat loss, and illegal hunting and trading, many species are teetering on the brink of extinction. We may be their biggest problem, but we can choose to become their only solution.
Currently, 80% of Asia's 86 turtle and tortoise species are at risk of extinction.
For turtles, the two most commonly traded species are the Asiatic Softshell Turtle and the Southeast Asian Box Turtle. Ruthlessly hunted, they're sold to be ingredients for traditional medicine, turtle soup and delicacies such as Guilinggao.
For tortoises, the Indian Star Tortoise is the most heavily traded, due to its attractive markings on its shell. It's estimated that at least 10,000-20,000 tortoises are snatched annually from the wild in India alone.
Most smuggling efforts escape detection by using the cover of captive breeding to trade legally. This further devastates populations already threatened by habitat loss. To make things worse, most wild turtles and tortoises are smuggled in tight, cramped conditions, often stuffed to the brim in boxes. For every single turtle or tortoise in a pet shop, countless others die before arrival.
Don't buy products from wild-caught animals. If you are offered wildlife products, refuse and encourage your friends to do the same. Report this crime to the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) if you can. Alternatively, you can easily file a report by downloading the free Wildlife Witness App, created in partnership with the Taronga Conservation Society Australia and TRAFFIC.
If we don't BUY, they won't DIE. Help spread the message and take your stand against the illegal wildlife trade.