September is Save the Tiger month and the theme of this month's CCF Online Writing Contest is all about tigers! There is no fee to enter the contest and the prize is seeing your entry post to the CCF site. The contest is open to kids of all ages and the rules are simple: Write a short story using the first line we're giving you and submit it to CCF. We'll post winning entries to the CCF site and will let the organizations listed on this page know at month's end about the entries that came in.
The Save the Tiger Fund organization is a program of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and on their website they have a wonderful article that tells us how children in Russia celebrated Tiger Day in 2000 and how many conservation organizations around the world now hold the last Sunday in September as Tiger Day.
In the first YouTube video clip on this page WildAid tells us that, "in the last 100 years, the number of tigers on our planet has dropped from 100,000 to less than 5,000?" So how many dead tigers does that make? It makes for 95,000 dead tigers. WildAid is one of many organizations that are helping to reduce poaching in Asian parks by 70%.
In this next YouTube video clip produced by Big Cat Rescue's The Nini Project we learn that "the Caspian tiger, the Javan tiger and the Bali tiger are already extinct...and though wild tigers have few natural threats, their biggest threats are from humans, from poaching, from loss of habitat, and being killed for their fur and bones."
You may wish to contribute to the Save the Tiger Fund, WildAid, or Big Cat Rescue and you can either do that through the links we've posted here or through CCF. If you send your donation through CCF, make sure to tell us which one of these three agencies you'd like us to send your gift to. 100% of donations received by CCF and earmarked for the "Save the Tiger Fund" campaign will be sent to one of the three organization listed here.