Research Publication Title

The Tiger (Panthera tigris) in Crisis: Methods to Reduce Impact of Habitat Degradation and Poaching

Major

Biology

Faculty Mentor(s)

Kalina M. Manoylov

Abstract

Tigers, the largest of the felids, have been in a precarious state for years as they are considered one of the most globally threatened species. Habitat loss and intense poaching of tigers and their prey, coupled with the generally inadequate government efforts to maintain tiger populations, have resulted in a dramatic reduction in tiger populations. These threats were previously found to have disastrous effects on the tiger species and research was done to explore possible conservation tactics and their effectiveness. In addition to a lack of suitable conservation efforts, consequences of decreased genetic variation in the protected tiger population leads to a deteriorated level of fitness passed down to the next generation. This study also outlined and described the various threats to tigers due to human population growth. With the use of added current information, a final consensus will be reached pertaining to the conservation of this species and the value of tigers as top predators in ecosystems and their role as an Òumbrella speciesÓ in the environments within which they exist.

Start Date

10-4-2015 11:30 AM

End Date

10-4-2015 12:15 PM

Location

HSB 3rd Floor Student Commons

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The Tiger (Panthera tigris) in Crisis: Methods to Reduce Impact of Habitat Degradation and Poaching

HSB 3rd Floor Student Commons

Tigers, the largest of the felids, have been in a precarious state for years as they are considered one of the most globally threatened species. Habitat loss and intense poaching of tigers and their prey, coupled with the generally inadequate government efforts to maintain tiger populations, have resulted in a dramatic reduction in tiger populations. These threats were previously found to have disastrous effects on the tiger species and research was done to explore possible conservation tactics and their effectiveness. In addition to a lack of suitable conservation efforts, consequences of decreased genetic variation in the protected tiger population leads to a deteriorated level of fitness passed down to the next generation. This study also outlined and described the various threats to tigers due to human population growth. With the use of added current information, a final consensus will be reached pertaining to the conservation of this species and the value of tigers as top predators in ecosystems and their role as an Òumbrella speciesÓ in the environments within which they exist.