11 Big Cats Are Found Starving To Death In China Zoo

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This painfully emaciated tiger is the shocking face of China’s illegal trade in tiger bones.The image of the caged animal emerged after11 Siberian tigers were found starving to death in a scandal-plagued Chinese zoo.The Shenyang Forest Wildlife Zoo, which has been closed down by police, has been accused of illegally supplying tiger bones to local doctors who use them to brew traditional medicines.

But it is not the only place where tigers in China are in danger.The image of the tiger above was taken in the Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Park in Guilin City, China, where 1,400 tigers are kept in a space the size of Regents Park.A source said that tigers there are slowly starving as food rations are slashed to pay to run refrigerators keeping the animal’s body parts fresh to sell on the black market.Trade in the bones is banned – but the parts from one tiger can fetch up to £50,000 on the black market.
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Now Dog's To Keep An Eye On Poachers

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In a bid to curb hunting of declining wild cats, forest officials are now mulling to use the services of dogs to keep a watch on the poachers.Four dogs are being trained here to keep a watch on the poachers in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Jharkhand.

“We are training four dogs – all German Shepard’s – for the forest departments of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Jharkhand, to check poaching of animals, especially tigers,” Madhya Pradesh Special Armed Force (SAF) 23nd Battalion’s Dog Training Academy deputy superintendent of police (DSP) B B Rai said.Traffic India of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) was bearing the expenditure of dog training, and had bought the canines for different forest departments, Rai said.

After training, two dogs will be handed over to the MP forest department and one each will be deployed in Maharashtra and Jharkhand, he said.According to Rai, the canines have completed the first part of their training – obedience – and now they will be imparted skills of nose work and trekking to track down the poachers.
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Now Dog's To Keep An Eye On Poachers

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In a bid to curb hunting of declining wild cats, forest officials are now mulling to use the services of dogs to keep a watch on the poachers.Four dogs are being trained here to keep a watch on the poachers in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Jharkhand.

“We are training four dogs – all German Shepard’s – for the forest departments of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Jharkhand, to check poaching of animals, especially tigers,” Madhya Pradesh Special Armed Force (SAF) 23nd Battalion’s Dog Training Academy deputy superintendent of police (DSP) B B Rai said.Traffic India of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) was bearing the expenditure of dog training, and had bought the canines for different forest departments, Rai said.

After training, two dogs will be handed over to the MP forest department and one each will be deployed in Maharashtra and Jharkhand, he said.According to Rai, the canines have completed the first part of their training – obedience – and now they will be imparted skills of nose work and trekking to track down the poachers.
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India's 38th Tiger Reserve Opens

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India’s 38th tiger reserve and Kerala’s second was Friday declared open by environment and forests minister Jairam Ramesh. It would be known as the Parambikulam Tiger Reserve.There has been a sharp decline in the number of tigers in India, with only 1,411 of them left, according to official estimates.

The tiger reserve was known as the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary when it was set up in 1973 in a 285-sq-km protected area in Chittur area of Palakkad.Another 358 sq km of forests were added, and the tiger reserve now has an area of 643 sq km.
It has a rich diversity of animal life. It also has a variety of trees, including teak, neem, sandalwood and rosewood.Kerala’s first tiger reserve — Periyar Tiger Reserve — is situated in Thekkadi in Idukki district.

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India's 38th Tiger Reserve Opens

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India’s 38th tiger reserve and Kerala’s second was Friday declared open by environment and forests minister Jairam Ramesh. It would be known as the Parambikulam Tiger Reserve.There has been a sharp decline in the number of tigers in India, with only 1,411 of them left, according to official estimates.

The tiger reserve was known as the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary when it was set up in 1973 in a 285-sq-km protected area in Chittur area of Palakkad.Another 358 sq km of forests were added, and the tiger reserve now has an area of 643 sq km.
It has a rich diversity of animal life. It also has a variety of trees, including teak, neem, sandalwood and rosewood.Kerala’s first tiger reserve — Periyar Tiger Reserve — is situated in Thekkadi in Idukki district.

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Not Just China US Under Fire For Tiger Trade

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Conservationists appealed Wednesday for an end to the commercial tiger trade, warning that demand in China, Southeast Asia — but also the United States — was threatening the big cats with extinction.Environmental campaigners see 2010 as crucial to spread their message as East Asian nations celebrate the Year of the Tiger and Russia prepares to hold a summit on tiger conservation in September in Vladivostok.

Only some 3,200 tigers remain in the wild, nearly half of them in India, down from 100,000 worldwide a century ago due to burgeoning human populations and a demand in China, Vietnam and Laos for tiger parts in folk medicine.But environmental campaigners said the problem was not just in Asia. They worried about the United States, where more than 5,000 tigers are believed to be in private hands as backyard pets or roadside zoo attractions.
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The Tiger Temple

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When petting a tiger, you wouldn’t get out in one piece. Luckily, there’s one place where you can do just that without getting harmed. Thailand’s Tiger Temple is the place where you can meet some friendly tigers, shake hands, pet them or rub their bellies. 2 hours drive from Bangkok in the Kanchanaburi province, the Tiger Temple has been taking care of tigers singe 1999. Monks are taken care of the animals rescued from poachers, having around 17 fully grown tigers and cubs housed within the temple grounds.
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Woman Bites TIGER !!!

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Amazing picture of maneater being nipped on the nose by animal trainer.Delivering a loving nip to the tip of a tiger’s nose, this woman proves the big feline is just a pussy cat as she prepares him for his performance in the upcoming Chinese Lunar Year festivities.The trainer nuzzled with the animal at Dalian Forest Zoo, in Dalian, Liaoning province, where the troupe are putting in practice ahead of the celebrations, which start on February 14.China has an estimated 50 or fewer tigers left living in the wild, but efforts to stabilise one population in the bleak northeast are starting to pay off, it was claimed today.

Tigers once roamed huge swathes of China, right up to the now booming east coast. Their population has collapsed due to habitat destruction on the back of rapid economic development and poaching for tiger products to use in traditional medicine.
About 10 still live in the southwestern province of Yunnan, some 15 in Tibet, and 20 or so in northwestern Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces, said Xie Yan, China Country Program Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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Now, A Fashion Week To Support The Cause Of Tiger

A fashion week in Kolkata has come to the rescue of the dwindling population of tigers in theWith a theme of eco-fashion, the five-day ‘Kolkata Fashion and Lifestyle Week’ (KFLW), beginning February 24, is in support of the ‘Save our Tigers’ campaign launched by WWF India.”This is a fashion week with a cause. We will try and create awareness to save the wildlife, especially the tigers. With fewer tigers left in India, now it is high time we became aware of this issue and do our bit to protect the animals,” Yudhajit Dutta, organiser of the fashion extravaganza, told reporters today.

Since the United Nations has declared 2010 as the ‘International Year of Bio-diversity’, KFLW has decided to take this a step further by aiming to present eco-friendly fashion, he said.The fashion event will try to promote stylised clothing that uses environmentally sensitive fabrics and responsible production techniques.Though the designers have not been asked to present their collection on this issue, one of the ramp shows of KFLW could be on this theme.

“We plan to donate a certain portion of the proceeds to the ‘Save the Tiger’ campaign too,” Dutta said.


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The Golden Tabby Tiger

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The golden tiger has its white coat and gold patches due to an extremely rare colourvariation caused by a recessive gene. Around 30 tigers are believed to exist in the world but many more are carriers of the gene. Records of the golden or strawberry tiger date back to the 1900s, in India. The first golden tiger cub born in captivity was in 1983 and this came from standard colored Bengal tigers.

A golden tabby tiger is one with an extremely rare color variation caused by a recessive gene and is currently only found in captive tigers. Like the white tiger, it is a color form and not a separate species. In the case of the golden tiger, this is the wide band gene; while the white tiger is due to the color inhibitor (chinchilla) gene. There are currently believed to be fewer than 30 of these rare tigers in the world, but many more carriers of the gene.
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