Save our Big Cats
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We want to spread awareness in the society about why Big Cats are important and how we can save them. This is because humans make actions that they are not even aware of which impact Big Cats and other endangered species in a negative manner. If you do not know why Big cats are important, here's why:
- They play a role in defining cultures
- They play a role in helping ecosystem
- Big cats love their meat. They are also strict carnivores. This puts them at the top of the food chain, where they play an important ecological role by regulating prey populations and structuring animal communities.
- For the first time, that large cats can affect the plant life in their environments by means other than eating herbivores. They do this by dispersing seeds in their scat. This is an overlooked ecological function for large cats. It is also a crucial function for the maintenance and preservation of plant populations in every terrestrial ecosystem.
Spread the word: Tell others that a specific wild cat and its habitat are under threat and that they need our help. You can form forums (or join existing ones) on the web for discussions and exchange views on wild cat conservation. Inform and educate people about the issue and what are the Pros and Cons in the situation. Share these practical steps with people and convince them to contribute by taking action in the following ways: We also look to spread awareness among the various grades in our school. We want to educate the various grades in our school so that they become conscious of the everyday actions that they take, that can result in the extinction of wildcats.
Be a responsible tourist: The wilderness is to be experienced and not to be disturbed and polluted. Follow the forest department guidelines when visiting any wilderness area, a wild cat species reserve in particular. As the saying goes In addition, tourists should also share these memories with people back at home. Eg: In Africa, there is a massive amount of trade of lion jaws. Tribal people like the Masai pointlessly poach lions in order to get one or two teeth. However, it is not their fault as they don’t know the reason this has a negative impact on the environment. As the saying goes “Don’t leave anything behind except footsteps and don’t take anything except memories'. We also want to teach people that whenever they are going on a safari, they should just see how the wilderness is, not disrupt it.
Help prevent wildlife trade: Say ‘NO’ to illegal wildlife trade by declining to buy parts and items equipped from wildcat derivatives. Anybody could be suspicious when it comes to illegal wildlife trade. Did you know that in 2019, 250 forest rangers were caught smuggling and trading wildcat associated products? (In India, who knows how many more there were)
Reducing pressure on natural resources: By degrading the use of products derived from forests, such as timber and paper. This means forests are destroyed and so is a specific wild cat species habitat. The action that we have taken is planting a plant and reusing paper for different purposes. For example for all of our Ongoing assessments, I used reused paper to print pictures. Also, many uneducated people might not know the consequence of wildcats going endangered so it is our job as a responsible child to educate and teach people. Furthermore, wildcats are keystone species that means that the whole ecosystem (Including us) will find difficulties if they go extinct. Eg: Prey will overgraze which will lead to the formation of deserts which will cause global warming and then directly affect us. Even forests are lost due to timber logging and so does the certain wildcats and their species, this can lead to the population decreasing immensely and an imbalance of prey and predator within an ecosystem. As a group, we have decided to plant trees and prevent overuse of wood and paper. We want to plant trees because wildcats live in forests and require a good amount of prey and tree cover so that they can survive.
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