Endangered Malayan Tiger Cubs Born at Busch Gardens Tampa

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Three endangered Malayan tiger cubs were born at Busch Gardens Tampa Sunday, March 31. Malayan tigers are critically endangered. These newborn cubs will add to the genetic diversity of the Malayan tiger population and contribute to conservation efforts for the species.

Tiger Farms in China

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The BBC has an article about the spreading practice of "farming" tigers. Tags: tigers china

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2009 is the Year of the Tiger

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With only 3,200 tigers left in the wild. Tags: tigers

Sobering Tiger Statistics

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Parts of at least 1,069 Tigers have been seized in Tiger range countries over the past decade, according to new analysis of Tiger seizures carried out by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network. Reduced to Skin and Bones (PDF, 4 MB) shows that from January 2000 to April 2010, parts of between 1,069 and 1,220 Tigers were seized in 11 of the 13 tiger range countries—or an average of 104 to 119 animals per year. Very sad.

Tiger Dies from Poaching Injuries in Malaysia

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Another tiger lost. Tags: poaching tigers malaysia endangered species

China Calls for Tiger Protection

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India’s newfound partnership with China on environment issues has yielded results in the area of tiger protection as well. In what could be seen as a new year’s gift for the Indian tiger, China’s State Forestry Administration has issued a directive calling for the protection of tigers, especially the need to step up action against illegal trade in tiger parts and products. You can put tigers on a farm for legal parts harvesting and still call it "protection."

Tiger Abuse at Chinese Zoos

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It is an irony not lost on the Chinese public that the Year of the Tiger has not been good for the big cats. On Tuesday, state media reported that dozens of tigers and other endangered animals had died of malnutrition over the past two years at the Northern Forest Zoo in the Chinese city of Harbin. The report follows the news in March that 11 rare Siberian tigers had starved to death within a few months at the Shenyang Forest Wild Animal Zoo in northeast China.

Interpol Makes Arrests in Tiger Smuggling

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A coordinated international law enforcement operation has led to the arrest of 25 individuals suspected of taking part in the illicit trade of tigers, one of the world's most endangered species. The two-month operation involved national enforcement agencies in six tiger-range countries (China, India, Nepal, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam) and was coordinated by INTERPOL's Environmental Crime Program at its headquarters in Lyon, France. From the PR Newswire.

Are Thai Temple Tigers Drugged?

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Some conservationists worry that the tigers living at a Buddhist Temple in Thailand are drugged, but the monks deny it. Tourists visiting the Tiger Temple pay big money: anything from $15 just for entry, up to $50 for the very special photograph of a tiger with its head in your lap. accuses} the temple of illegally trafficking and mistreating the tigers, allegations that the temple emphatically denies. Tags: tigers thailand

Baby Tiger Victim of Wildlife Trade

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From EcoWorldly.the frozen carcass of a baby tiger was found in the trunk of a taxi cab on its way to a buyer in Hanoi. It was reported that two men were arrested for attempting to transport the baby tiger carcass - along with the bones of at least two tigers - and that the “case showed the possibility of larger-scale tiger trafficking in the country.” The baby tiger was between four and five months old. Sometimes I'm just embarrassed to be human.

Man Arrested with Frozen Tigers and Panther in House

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The guy was clearly trafficking in illegal parts as there were about 50 kg of bones belonging to other tigers. Tags: wildlife smuggling vietnam wildlife trafficking tigers panthers This happened in Vietnam.

India Takes More Steps to Protect Tigers

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India is to amend its wildlife crime laws to protect the country's tigers, a government minister said. He added that the forest ministry, state governments and a separate authority on the management of tiger reserves had agreed to work together to ensure conservation of the endangered animal. Nearly 80,000 to 100,000 families inhabiting core areas of tiger reserves will be relocated and given £12,500 each as part of the measures. But is it enough? From the Press Association.

"Year of the Tiger" Simply Means "Year of More Summits"

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It's the Year of the Tiger on the Chinese calendar and there's plenty of talk and meetings going around. Tags: tigers china endangered species I like this opinion piece in the Huffington Post. But what does it really mean if you and I don't engage in saving this beautiful animal?

San Francisco Zoo Struggles After Tiger Attack

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Things have been tough at the San Francisco Zoo after Tatiana the Siberian tiger attacked those three people in 2007. The zoo made major changes to its emergency-response procedures, including raising the wall of the tiger grotto, found to be about 4 feet shorter than what national standards recommend. Insurance companies and the city settled lawsuits in conjunction with the fatal mauling and a 2006 attack of a zookeeper who was assaulted by the same tiger during a public feeding.

Tigers To Go Extinct in 15 Years? Thanks China!

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As this article points out , tigers are worth more dead than alive if you use humanity's flawed accounting system. Tags: wildlife crime extinction Traditional Chinese Medicine tigers china It's not only China, but all Asian countries that are playing a major role in reducing this beautiful animal's number.

Tiger Kills Chinese Man Who Jumped into Enclosure

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India Reaches Out to Neighbors to Save Tigers

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Another Wildlife Trafficking Ring Busted

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They seized tiger skins, tiger bones and otter skins. Where could those tiger bones be going but to Asian countries to make tiger bone wine? Tags: wildlife smuggling wildlife crime otters India organizations poaching tigers In India this time.

2010 Declared the Year of the Tiger.So What?

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The Kathmandu Global Tiger Workshop declared 2010 to be the Year of the Tiger. The intention is to focus on saving the tiger species which is being decimated. When China won't support a ban on tiger farms, nor will it work to curb the ridiculous demand for tiger products in its own country, what's the point? China is the single biggest threat to the tiger and it won't participate seriously in its protection. So what if the tiger gets its own year?

Master Poacher is.a Woman!

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In India, another head of a tiger poaching ring is behind bars. Tags: wildlife crime India poaching tigers Well, here's a first for me. And it's a woman! Sounds like she ran a pretty vile operation too.

Your gonna hear me ROAR!

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Hanging out, dancing around in crazy animal print leggings , and singing at the top of our lungs that we “have the eye of the tiger” is a memory I will treasure. Blogging has brought me some truly amazing and fun experiences.

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Putin an Animal Lover?

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Vladimir Putin, former President and current Prime Minister of Russia, just got a tiger cub for his birthday. He told journalists that Koni has not met the tiger cub. In August, Putin had occasion to pet a full-grown female Ussuri tiger after shooting her with a tranquilizer gun. He was visiting a wildlife preserve in Russia's Far East and shot the 5-year-old tiger as part of a program to track the rare cats, also known as the Siberian, Amur or Manchurian tiger.

Central London Shop Raided for Illegal Wildlife Products

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Detectives seized 200 products believed to be made from endangered animals including musk deer, leopards and tigers. Tags: wildlife crime UK wildlife trafficking Traditional Chinese Medicine tigers endangered species Not surprisingly, they raided a shop selling Chinese traditional medicines. From the Telegraph. The store in Lisle Street, at the heart of London's Chinatown, specialises in traditional Asian medicine.

Ligers in China

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A private zoo operator in Taiwan cross-bred lions and tigers, resulting in three "liger" cubs. Tags: zoos taiwan tigers lion endangered species One died and the other two were seized for sheltering at a research institution. Both species are endangered and it is illegal to cross breed them. From Focus Taiwan. The Environmental and Animal Society of Taiwan (EAST) said Huang, who possesses an array of wildlife, should be dealt with harshly to deter others from copying the behavior.

Big Cat Week 2012 Starts Sunday!

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From Cougars, tigers, cheetahs, jaguars, and snow leopards and more, it’s a great time to learn more about these amazing cats! There are now more tigers living in captivity than in the wild. Nat Geo Wild presents the third annual Big Cat Week starting Sunday, Dec 9th.

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Demand for Wildlife Products on the Rise in China

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Illegal trade in tiger meat and bones is also alive, continuing to threaten the extinction of an already depleted species, he said. Tags: wildlife smuggling Traditional Chinese Medicine tigers exotic meat china endangered species The Chinese want them for exotic foods and for medicine. From the China Daily.

Leopards Threatened by Extinction Too

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Tigers are the ones getting most of the attention. You don't hear much about leopards. But they are seriously threatened by extinction too. This article says India is losing more than one a day.

Baghdad Zoo Wants Animals

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It makes me sick thinking about the animals already there (numbering 1,500 including lions and tigers.). It's bad enough to send animals to zoos, but to a zoo in Baghdad?? No way.

Customs Officials Meet to Discuss China/Russia Smuggling

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From TRAFFIC, Customs officers from Russia and China met last week to strengthen international co-operation in tackling cross-border smuggling of Tigers and other wildlife products. Tags: wildlife smuggling wildlife trafficking tigers china russia

Primate Parts Still Being Used for "Medicinal Purposes"

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It's not just tiger parts and elephant tusks that are being used for so called "traditional" medicinal uses. I didn't know primates were in demand too. I knew about bush meat, but not about this. Will it ever end?

Seattle People Helping Protect Seal Pups

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It's a nice story to offset the cruelty of the dead baby tiger in Hanoi. The group is called Seal Sitters and they protect baby seals who have been left on the each while their moms fish.

Awkward Fostering

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One of the recent developments, which caught an eye of many pet-lovers, is an adoption of three newly born tigers by German shepherd in Chinese Reserve on January 2012. One can only imagine how adorable and lovely the picture of shepherd and three little tigers is! Golden retriever Isabella appears to be a mother of three Bengal tiger cubs, whose biological mom gave up on them 15 hours later after the delivery.

$10 Million Euros in Smuggled Wildlife Seized

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Police seized tiger bones, anteater scales and bear gall bladders in an international operation against the use of endangered plants and animals in traditional medicine, officers said Friday. Operation Tram "revealed a large amount of medicines either containing or marketing the use of illegal ingredients such as tiger, bear and rhinoceros," according to the French-based international coordinating body. From the AFP.

Canada Promoting Seal Meat and Fur in China

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Maybe they can start trading them for bear gall bladders and tiger parts. Now there is a marriage made in heaven, two countries with atrocious records on animal issues have come together. The EU was a small market for Canada. Of course, we're disappointed in their actions," Ms. Shea said by telephone from China today. That being said, there are many other markets out there. That's what we're doing in China. We're trying to expand on the market that's here."

Trick or Treat for Big Cats

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Did you know that lions, tigers and other felines are vanishing at an alarming rate? There are more tigers in captivity than in the wild! We love Halloween at our house, so we were very excited to hear about this great way to help big cats this year! The Trick-or-Treat for Big Cats initiative, from National Geographic, combines a fun activity kids love with the opportunity to learn more about and make a difference in the environment.

Saving Marine Animals that Are NOT Cute

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Examples include panda bears, wolves, elephants, tigers, etc. We hear about the problem with charismatic land species. It's those species that either have a powerful personality or a cute face that endear people to them and garner news attention. It's easier to motivate people to save them as opposed to other species that are vital, but either boring or ugly. It's the same problem with marine life. People want to save the dolphins and the sea otters, but what about the bluefin tuna?

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The neighborhood kids love her because she's beautiful ("Where's the tiger? We want to see the tiger!" He's 79 pounds of muscle, he sports a tuxedo, he's got gorgeous teeth (a first for the hounds in our house) and he's very shy. And afraid of men.

Big Cat Week on Nat Geo Wild

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Did you know that there are more tigers living in captivity than there are in the wild? The big cats of the world need our help. The second annual Big Cat Week will air this Sunday, December 11th through December 17th on Nat Geo WILD.