Tiger is in the same family as a cat. While it is bigger and stronger, it is called Big Cat.
But, being strong, mighty, and gorgeous carnivore makes them hunted by human.
Tigers have been hunted down to less than 4,000 despite having several conservations and breeding attempts so far.
Tiger’s skin is made into expensive carpets and home decoration.
Fangs and claws have become exotic jewellery for strange people.
Parts of tigers, even that special organ, have been extracted to make medicine and aphrodisiacs with the wrong belief.
All of these are the main cause of the illegal poaching, making their number plunge from hundreds of thousands to only thousands within some decades.
This does not yet count deforestation of their habitats millions of hectares a year.
What would happen if tiger went extinct? You ask…
The habitat of tigers is in East, Southeast, South, and West Asia.
A group of tigers needs a large area of forest for them to hunt and survive.
When we remove one species out of the ecosystem, chain reaction happens.
Especially for this big carnivore, the effect is intensified multiple folds.
The animal that is at the top of the food chain controls large herbivores, such as, deer, wild boar, gaur, bull, fit for the resources.
If tigers were gone, these animals would increase uncontrollably.
They would then eat more vegetation until it depletes from that area.
It would later affect smaller herbivores, including insects, to find food and breed harder. Some species would die off. Some animals and insects would invade our farmlands causing terrible issue, which would surely affect our own food supplies.