Tigers are best protected by ensuring they have access to plenty of food resources, safe habitats and healthy natural ecosystems. Meeting tigers' basic needs of food, shelter and clean living spaces allows them to breed and reproduce, which ultimately sustains their populations. Modifying harmful human activity, such as logging and poaching, can help tigers survive as well.
Like many other large predators, tigers are considered to be "umbrella species." This term means that tigers are critical components of ecosystems and ensure that their microenvironments remain biologically diverse. Tigers often compete with other animals in proximity, including humans, for the same basic natural resources, such as food, water and living space.
In Asia, tigers live in vast stretches of forest that provide them with basic necessities, according to Save Tigers Now. Human activity such as logging and deforestation is quickly robbing tigers of these vital substances. Therefore, modifying these harmful activities significantly improves tigers’ chances of survival.
Tigers are also targeted by poachers and wildlife traffickers. As with other endangered species, tigers are highly valued for their hides, claws, eyes and other parts, which are used for traditional medicines and sold on black markets. Enacting and enforcing antipoaching measures, banning tiger products from stores, and increasing consumer awareness about items made with tiger products can also help save the species.