Tigers are a symbol of all that is splendid, mystical and powerful about nature. The loss of tigers would inevitably mean the loss of cultural and spiritual values that connect humans to the wild world. There is a wealth of legend and lore connected with the tiger in Asian cultures. As David Quammen says:
‘For as long as Homo sapiens have been sapient, alpha predators have kept us acutely aware of our membership within the human world. They have done it by reminding us that to them we’re just another flavor of meat’.