Why are Tigers Endangered?

Tigers are endangered primarily by poaching and loss of habitat. Poachers are hunters who kill protected animals for their skins and body parts to send around the world for trophies and medicinal or religious purposes. For a tiger, the skin can fetch up to $65,000. Unfortunately, the animals hunted are protected because they are endangered. In Asia the tiger population has gone from 100,000 to 4,000 with no sight of India or surrounding countries coming to the rescue. Also humans encroach on their environment, stripping out trees and rain forests and destroying the habitat where tigers live and breed.