India Using Social Media to Save TigersCecily Kellogg
Did you know that 45 percent of tigers die of “unnatural” causes? Tigers in the wild are at risk of extinction thanks to many factors including climate change particularly in India where tigers are facing both rising waters and poachers.
Some enterprising tiger preservationists have hit upon a smart idea to increase awareness of the tigers’ situation: using social media to keep track of tigers and their lives. Using a combination of web cams and tracking devices, they are offering a way for people to become invested in saving these tigers lives.
This is Tiger Nation.
This is what Tiger Nation’s about page says about their site.
We use the millions of eyes, ears and voices of people who work in, live by or visit the wildlife parks and sanctuaries of India, all feeding a three-headed beast’:
- A website that feeds us the info, and you the fun, action and drama,
- ID software that recognises tigers by their unique stripe pattern – just like fingerprints!
- A massive database that catalogues every tiger photograph we receive, every sighting we hear about, and every drama in the wild.
Once you’ve created an account (you can get a free account in preview mode, or make a donation for more access) and watch the tigers in action, as well as “follow” them and find out what they are up to. There are several female and cub sets and the pictures… THE CUTE.
Here’s a sample.
If you want to get yourself a daily dose of cute while also helping to save tigers in India, well, TigerNation.org is for you.