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Would you believe that the tigers far away in the wild are the reason you get regular water at your home? Unlikely, right? After all, what do tigers have to do with your home’s water supply? As it turns out, a lot!

Tigers are found in a host of habitats across the world: grasslands, savannas, forests, and even mangrove swamps that overlap with watersheds. These watersheds replenish underground water and rivers providing clean drinking water to more than 830 million people. Isn’t it fascinating! And this is just one example of how a healthy population of tigers can benefit other species, in-cluding humans.

This apex predator shares its habitat with co-predators such as leopards, hyenas and jackals, and prey such as deer and wild boars and plays a significant role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Globally, there are 13 tiger range countries that inhabit the existing subspecies of tigers with India being home to the highest number of tiger individuals.


The ecological importance of tigers as the ‘umbrella species’ is known to all and the quest to protect them and their habitat helps conserve all the other species in and around their territory. Yet, the tiger’s tale over the past century has been a complicated one.

At the beginning of the 20th century, there were around 100,000 tigers worldwide. With habitat destruction and rampant poaching, tiger populations plummeted by a jaw-dropping 97% to only about 1,411 individuals in 2006! It is clear—urgent action is needed to save the tiger.

In India, Project Tiger that started with 9 tiger reserve sites at inception in 1973, managed to revive tiger numbers with 51 protected areas designated as national tiger reserves by 2022. There is still a lot to be done. So, where does the number of wild tigers stand this Year of the Tiger?

Wild Wisdom Global Challenge 2022

This year, the Wild Wisdom Global Challenge is dedicated to conserving the tigers. The theme for 2022, the Year of the Tiger, is very aptly Tracking Tiger Trails. Through the Wild Wisdom Global Challenge 2022, we look forward to stride into the world of tigers and deep dive into the actions needed to grow their numbers in the wild!

Join the adventure to discover more about the spectacular tigers and do your bit to keep the tigers thriving in their habitats. So, sign up, follow the trail of the charismatic tiger through its habitats and history, and champion the conservation of our planet’s precious tiger & its habitats.


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