7 thoughts on “Tigers related to snow leopards

  1. Could the wild tiger really go extinct in our lifetime?

    If we don’t act soon, it’s a definite and heartbreaking possibility. Years of illegal poaching, habitat loss and conflict with humans have decimated the world’s wild tiger population, reducing their numbers from 100,000 to 3,200 in less than a century.

    But hope is not gone for the wild tiger. Right now, the Senate is considering a creative way to save tigers and other priority species by authorizing a new postage stamp whose purchase would support wildlife conservation projects.

    It’s an amazing opportunity for wild tigers, but we need your help to make sure it passes.

    Please, tell your U.S. senators to help save wild tigers and pass the Stamp Act!

    Your letter couldn’t come at a more important moment.

    Habitat loss and poaching are pushing the world’s last wild tigers to the brink of extinction. Even as the tiger’s natural forest habitat is carved up for roads, farms, logging interests and urban development, poachers regularly kill tigers for their stunning pelts, bones and other body parts, many of which are used as ingredients in traditional Chinese medicines.

    But with your support, the revenue from this special postage stamp would help:


    Create protected habitats for the world’s last wild tigers and other treasured species;

    Stop illegal poaching; and,

    Expand public education about protecting endangered species.

    Don’t wait. You can play a crucial part in tigers’ fight to survive: Tell your senators to pass the Stamp Act today!

    This one moment of your time could have a huge impact for tiger populations struggling to survive in places like India, Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia.

    Thank you for doing your part to make sure these magnificent species endure for many generations to come.


    John F. Calvelli
    Executive Vice President
    Wildlife Conservation Society

  2. It’s truly amazing. Despite years of war and habitat destruction, snow leopards, Asiatic black bears and other wildlife are surviving in Afghanistan.

    But the odds are stacked against their continued survival.

    Right now, WCS is the only conservation NGO in Afghanistan working to protect wildlife, thanks in large part to support from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

    Congress is threatening deep budget cuts which could spell disaster for wildlife, the country’s natural resources and the Afghan people.

    Our lawmakers are debating these cuts this week, so we don’t have a moment to lose. Write to your members of Congress – ask them to defend this funding!

    Uncontrolled hunting, deforestation and habitat degradation threaten the future of wildlife, natural resources and livelihoods in this fragile country.

    With more than 80% of Afghanistan’s people relying on natural resources for their survival, conservation efforts are critical to helping to stabilize the region, especially as we diminish our military presence.

    USAID programs in Afghanistan support incredible conservation efforts including:

    The creation of Afghanistan’s first national park – Band-e-Amir – which is co-managed by the government and a committee consisting of communities living around the park.

    Training over 10,000 Afghans – from high-level ministerial staff to local community members – in sustainable natural resource and wildlife management practices.

    Vaccinating thousands of livestock for diseases that not only affect human livelihoods but may also cross over and kill rare and iconic wildlife such as Marco Polo sheep.

    That’s what foreign aid can accomplish. The stakes are high in Afghanistan – and we can’t let short-sighted budget cuts trump our long-term goal of stabilizing the country.

    Please, write to Congress right now – make sure they know that conservation funding in Afghanistan is a critical issue for their constituents.

    Thanks for all you do.


    John F. Calvelli

    Executive Vice President, Public Affairs
    Wildlife Conservation Society

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