We named our company after tigers because the tiger's legendary speed, agility and power are the traits we bring to our work for clients. And, as a company focused on promoting those who promote sustainability, we dedicate at least one percent of our gross annual revenue to Siberian Tiger conservation.
Tigers once roamed throughout Asia, but human encroachment into their habitat and relentless hunting for the use of tiger body parts in Chinese medicine has decimated their ranks. Of eight tiger subspecies, three (the Caspian, Javanese and Balinese) are already extinct. Another, the South China Tiger, is down to an unsustainable 50 in the wild.
Only 450 Siberian tigers remain in a small strip of land in the Russian Far East. They were protected during Soviet times, but the collapse of that regime allowed Russian organized crime in the city of Vladivostok to hire poachers to kill Siberian tigers so their body parts could be sold into China.
These magnificent animals are the largest cats on earth, reaching 800 pounds and standing 3 1/2 feet high at the shoulder. Tigercomm has supported the work of Wildlife Conservation Society and its expert project director, biologist Dale Miquelle. Dale has told us of the first honest ranger, Roma Koshichev, who began actually making arrests of poachers, despite intimidation and death threats. We bought Roma a truck so he could stop having to hitchhike through a territory that was roughly the size of the state of New Hampshire.
We applaud their work to preserve the world's wildlife heritage, often at great personal risk and with minimal pay for themselves. The project recently began an expanded website and blog, which makes for very compelling reading.
We encourage you to support this important project. There is no recovery for extinct animals. As "megafauna," predators at the top of the food chain, Siberian Tigers must be saved in order to save the entire ecosystem underneath them.
Nature World News: Amur Tiger Populations Dying From Dog Disease [VIDEO]
The Times of India: Tiger count likely to go up in Dudhwa forest reserve
Jakarta Post: Tiger hunting endemic in Kerinci Seblat
The Hill: Obama launches poaching crackdown
Global Animal: Tigers triumph in Sunderban study
Global Animal: India Says Poach The Poachers