International Tiger Day
In fact, according to the WWF, wild tiger numbers have dropped by more than 95% since the beginning of the 20th century. There are currently only an estimated 3900 wild tigers left.
Tigers used to roam across most of Asia. Now their territory has been reduced to only 7% of their original range, in isolated forest and grasslands across 13 countries.
Alongside poaching, climate change and human conflicts, deforestation has had a devastating impact on the ecosystems and habitats which support our tigers.
Did you know that one of the ways you can help to protect animal habitats, including that of wild tigers, is to ensure items made from wood carry the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) label?
The FSC label signifies that wood, or wood by-products, are sourced from a responsibly managed forest where trees are harvested legally, without undermining the rights of indigenous communities or using harmful techniques or chemicals. This helps to protect animals from losing their precious habitats and safeguards them for the future.
Here at Hellion HQ all wood used in toymaking by Dr Hellion is FSC certified and we ensure all our wood by-products such as paper or cardboard also come with the FSC stamp of approval.
If you want to learn more about this important day and what else can be done to help our magnificent tigers, many well known organisations such as the WWF or IFAW have websites packed with further information. You can get involved online too using the hashtags #WorldTigerDay or #InternationalTigerDay.
This is such a great blog post !
It was great to be reminded that our favourite wooden toys (Hellion, of course) have the FSC stamp of approval and why it is so important!