Tigers are in serious trouble and in danger of becoming extinct in the next few years. The reasons are many, but include loss of habitat due to human encroachment, poaching for their bones and hides and, most insidiously, because of the captive trade. Keeping tigers in zoos, circus acts, as mascots and as private possessions in backyard collections does nothing to save them in the wild and in fact provides a legal cover for much illegal activity that is causing them to disappear from the wild.

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