4 ways to celebrate and take action on Global Tiger Day

July 28, 2016 - 4:30pm
Their beauty and power have inspired humans for millennia. As predators, they are legendary – capable of overpowering almost any animal they encounter. They're also the most endangered of all big cats.

An estimated 70 percent of tigers now live in only 0.5 percent of their historic range. The illegal wildlife trade and the destruction of their forest habitat threatens tigers everywhere they live – from Sumatra to Russia.

Global Tiger Day is July 29. Here are four ways to honor these magnificent cats and help them survive.

1) Stamp out extinction

Pick up a sheet of Saving Vanishing Species stamps at your post office. You'll add a splash of tiger cub cuteness to your envelope while helping tigers in the wild - proceeds from the sale of these stamps support international conservation efforts such as improved poaching detection where tigers live.

2) Opt out of junk mail

Each American household receives more than 100 pounds of junk mail every year, costing forests millions of trees and destroying homes for forest-dwelling species like tigers. Learn how to opt out here.

3) Look for the FSC-certified logo

Whether you're purchasing a desk, printer paper or napkins, look for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label to help ensure that your wood product is "friendly" to tigers and the forests they inhabit.

4) Support government efforts to fight illegal wildlife trafficking

Under the National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking, the U.S. has committed to stemming the trade in wildlife parts – such as tiger skins and bones – through law enforcement at home and abroad. Learn more about how the U.S. is implementing the strategy, and let legislators know you support these efforts. (photo: USFWS/ Ryan Moehring)