Tigers For Tomorrow believes conservation starts with education.  We share with visitors conservation, environmental, and animal welfare knowledge hoping it will flourish into awareness and action to help all species, both captive and wild. 

One of the biggest threats to wild populations is loss of habitat. Tigers For Tomorrow contributes to the Vital Ground Foundation and World Wildlife Fund. We hope you will too. These non-profit organizations are active in the difficult and crucial job of protecting and connecting habitats for wild species to thrive.

The Vital Ground Foundation / Grizzly Bears

World Wildlife Fund / Tigers

World Wildlife Fund

"Tigers have lost 93% of their historical range. Their habitat has been destroyed, degraded and fragmented by human activities. The clearing of forests for agriculture and timber, as well as the building of road networks and other development activities, pose serious threats to tiger habitats. Tigers need wide swaths of habitat for their survival since they are very territorial. Fewer tigers can survive in small, scattered islands of habitat, which leads to a higher risk of inbreeding and makes tigers more vulnerable to poaching as they venture beyond protected areas to establish their own territories.

Protecting and Connecting Tiger Habitat

Tigers need landscapes to thrive, and our work to protect and connect their fragile habitat is based on rigorous scientific analysis. WWF has chosen places to focus its resources based on the best available science. These areas are where densities of prey and tigers are at their highest. The locations encompass tiger corridors that link tiger sites within landscapes. Our work includes building local capacity to manage protected areas and coordinating with partners to manage core tiger areas and corridors.

We can save wild tigers. In 2010, the 13 tiger range countries committed to TX2—to double wild tiger numbers by 2022, the next Year of the Tiger. WWF is driving TX2 forward."

Photo by Tom Mangelson for the Vital Ground Foundation
Photo by Tom Mangelson for the Vital Ground Foundation

The Vital Ground Foundation

"The Vital Ground Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization and an accredited land trust. Our mission is to protect and restore North America’s grizzly bear populations for future generations by conserving wildlife habitat and by supporting programs that reduce conflicts between bears and humans.

We imagine connected landscape from Yellowstone into Canada in which bears and other wide-ranging wildlife have room to roam safely between wild strongholds. Connecting large blocks of public land with private lands, we envision Vital Ground as the leader in ensuring the survival of grizzly bears in the Northern Rockies.

“Where the grizzly can walk, the earth is healthy and whole.”

–Lynne Seus, Vital Ground co-founder and trustee

A land trust for grizzly bears? It might sound like a strange combination, but the truth is this: bears are just the beginning. From wolverines to loons to wildflowers, the whole natural community benefits from grizzly conservation. Why? Meet Ursus arctos, the grizzly bear, the Rocky Mountains’ largest predator and its barometer of healthy and connected landscapes.

The Umbrella Effect

Wherever they roam, grizzly bears are monarchs on the land. From the Yellowstone high country to the coasts of British Columbia and Alaska—where the species is often called the brown bear—grizzlies cast broad impacts over the plant and animal communities with which they share space.

Despite their predatory capability, grizzlies are opportunistic omnivores, not carnivores. In most places, their diet relies significantly on plant foods, as bears dig for roots and browse for berries from spring to fall. Aside from the fish-loving coastal brown bears, the meat grizzlies eat often comes from grubs and moths, or from scavenging animals that died from other causes. When grizzlies kill larger animals for food, they are opportunists, picking off the weakest prey from a group in order to save energy.

However a grizzly fills its stomach, the process plays a key role in the balance of a natural area. By digging for roots and insects, a bear freshens soil like a rototiller. Its scavenging and digestion of dead animals returns energy quickly to the ground, fertilizing the soil that grows the plants upon which a place’s food web relies. Meanwhile, the presence of grizzlies keeps deer and elk herds on the move, preventing them from lingering in an area so long that they overgraze its shrubs and grasses.

It adds up to a simple biological truth: where grizzly bears walk the land, other plant and animal species are healthier. In scientific terms, this wide-reaching impact makes the grizzly an umbrella species."

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