What You Can Do for Global Tiger Day

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Chinese circus ties up endangered tiger so that visitors can take selfies

January 12, 2017 by  
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A horrifying video posted on Chinese video platform iQiyi shows circus trainers brutally binding a tiger to a metal table – all for the sake of selfie photographs. The animal is believed to be an endangered Siberian tiger, and it was cruelly lashed down so that children and adults could sit on its back for photos. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4SDV_Xi3To The video’s description says the circus was performing in the Hunan province, and that the tiger was strapped down “to be safe for everyone to take pictures – but the expression of the tiger is very desperate.” When the tiger was finally freed, it bounded up and dashed away from the table. Related: Tigers punched for fun at horrifying “sanctuaries” in China Mashable reports that in China the God of Wealth is often portrayed sitting on tigers, and the act is associated with the deity. In the video a small child can be heard saying (as translated by Mashable), “I’m scared, I’m scared,” and one trainer responded, “Isn’t it cool to sit on a tiger? It can keep you away from the devil and earn you promotions and wealth.” Many commenters condemned the actions of the trainers and the parents who gleefully allowed their children to sit on the poor tiger. One iQiyi user said, “What kind of values are these parents teaching their children?” Another user wrote, “You can’t earn much from this, and instead you’ve brought so much pain to the animal, do you think it’s worth it?” Siberian tigers, also called Amur tigers, are found in the Russian Far East, China’s border areas, and possibly in North Korea, according to the World Wildlife Fund . There are only up to 540 of the endangered tigers left in the world. Via Mashable Images via screenshot

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Human construction projects could wipe out the world’s last wild tigers

November 24, 2016 by  
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A new report from WWF reveals that tiger habitats in Asia could be devastated by planned infrastructure that would fragment their range and increase confrontations between wild tigers and humans. There are fewer than 4,000 tigers left in the wild, and if these new roads and railways aren’t planned carefully, it could completely wipe out the slow, painful progress conservationists have made to preserve the species in recent years. The report comes during what could be a turning point for the animals – halfway through an effort on the part of 13 nations to double wild tiger population . In 2010, there were only an estimated 3,200 left on the planet. As of this April, there are thought to be 3,890 . If these Southeast Asian nations are going to reach the goal of 6,400 by 2022, the $8 trillion they’ve allocated to infrastructure projects in coming years needs to be sustainable and avoid critical areas where tigers live. Related: Tigers declared extinct in Cambodia Part of the problem is that it’s very hard to track tiger populations , so no one’s completely sure exactly where they live, or how to best avoid their territory. The WWF is advocating a few approaches for mitigating the potential harm to tigers: first, construction should be banned in areas that have been identified as critical tiger habitat; second, the countries involved should take a zero-tolerance approach to poaching ; and third, underpasses and green bridges should be built into any new infrastructure to allow wildlife to cross roads and train tracks safely. This approach would also have benefits for humans living in these areas: for instance, the initiative could help protect local water supplies. While conservation may be the primary question on the mind of the WWF’s researchers, government officials should keep in mind that human beings have to be able to live sustainably on this planet, too. Via IB Times Images via Wikipedia

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40 lifeless tiger cubs discovered in Thailand temple’s freezer

June 1, 2016 by  
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After officials began to remove tigers from Thailand’s Tiger Temple this week, they discovered 40 dead cubs in a freezer. The temple, marketed as a sanctuary, has been accused of animal abuse , wildlife trafficking , and breeding tigers illegally. Monks at the temple deny the accusations. Controversy has shrouded the temple for years. Visitors reported tigers seemed drugged, ex-workers said they weren’t fed properly, lived in concrete cages, and received beatings from so-called caretakers. Others suspected illegal breeding to sell tiger parts utilized in traditional medicines. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), in 2007 there were 18 tigers at the temple, but by this year that number rose to 147. Wildlife groups have been working for the tigers’ release since 2001. Related: Tiger farming is cultivating a taste for luxury tiger products in China – and increasing poaching The BBC reports that Thailand’s Department of National Parks (DNP) attempted to seize the tigers but multiple times the monks would not allow them to enter the temple. This current raid is successful because the DNP came armed with a court warrant. So far dozens of tigers have been rescued, but babies were found in the freezer. Police Colonel Bandith Meungsukhum told AFP that the find would lead to criminal charges. Officials were unsure how long the cubs had been frozen, but many appeared to have been alive for only one or two days. Reporters and wildlife officials noted other animal body parts and a dead boar in the freezer. The temple says several years ago a vet told them to keep the cubs, “probably” to silence accusations they were trafficking the cubs. According to a post on their Facebook page, the Tiger Temple said the DNP knew about the babies inside the freezer and had even entered the freezer a few times before. Deputy Director-General Adisorn Nuchdamrong told Reuters , “They must be of some value for the temple to keep them. But for what is beyond me…The temple has notified us when grown tigers die, but never the cubs.” Via the BBC Images via Xiquinho Silva on Flickr , screenshot , and Eli Duke on Flickr

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Tigers declared extinct in Cambodia

April 7, 2016 by  
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Wild tigers have not been found in Cambodia since 2007, leading conservationists to declare the animals “ functionally extinct .” The Cambodian government recently approved a $20 to $50 million Tiger Action Plan to try and save the majestic wild cats Read the rest of Tigers declared extinct in Cambodia

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Endangered tiger trade soars as Myanmar offers up wild cat parts to Chinese tourists

December 29, 2014 by  
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There are less than 3,000 tigers left in the world, but that doesn’t matter in Mong La, a Myanmar town where tiger parts are big business. A new study based on two decades of data shows that tiger numbers are a mere five percent of what they were 100 years ago. Mong La borders China, and Chinese tourists can travel there to buy parts of tigers and other wild cats, like clouded leopards, as a delicacy and for medicinal purposes. Read the rest of Endangered tiger trade soars as Myanmar offers up wild cat parts to Chinese tourists Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 100 most endangered species , burma , china , Chinese tiger medicine , clouded leopard parts , clouded leopards , Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species , critically endangered species , endangered wild cats , endangered wild tigers , killing tigers , Myanmar , tiger meat , tiger medicine , tiger parts , tigers , wild cat meat

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Highly toxic residue from winter road salt is killing aquatic life

December 29, 2014 by  
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Salting a snowy and icy road is standard procedure for most cities and towns. Where that salt ends up is rarely a concern, but according to new research  it is concerning because the salt washes into rivers and streams and remains highly toxic through the rest of the year. Scientific American reports that in states like Wisconsin, where salt is used liberally to clear icy roads, the levels of sodium chloride in rivers, streams, and lakes is as much as 15 times higher than the federal level suggests to protect fish, amphibians, and small crustaceans. Read the rest of Highly toxic residue from winter road salt is killing aquatic life Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alaska , eco issues , fresh water salt pollution , ground water issues , groundwater , river salt , rivers , road salt , salt , salt in drinking water , salt pollution , stormwater runoff , streams , vermont , water damage , water pollution , water runoff , waterways , wisconsin

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These Wallets Can Help Save Tigers from Extinction

December 1, 2014 by  
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Did you know that there are only 3,200 tigers left in the wild today? Between loss of prey and habitat, and being hunted to near-extinction (since many people mistakenly believe that tiger body parts have magical medicinal or aphrodisiacal properties), this majestic species is close to being lost to the world forever. Quagga is l aunching a limited edition line of vegan leather wallets to raise both awareness of tigers’ plight, and to raise funds towards their conservation . 3,200 wallets will be made in total, to mirror the number of wild tigers left alive, and proceeds from their sale will be used to expand their product line in order to help other endangered animal species in total. Check out Quagga’s Kickstarter campaign for more information, and be sure to visit (and share!) their YouTube video as well. + Quagga Kickstarter + Quagga + Quagga Wallets YouTube Video Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: endangered species , endangered tigers , endangered wild tigers , Quagga , Quagga wallets , save the tigers , save tigers , tiger , tiger conservation , tigers , tigers in the wild , vegan leather , vegan leather wallets , vegan wallets , wild tigers

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Vladimir Putin’s Tiger Blamed For Killing Goats in Northeast China

November 28, 2014 by  
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Vladimir Putin loves nature. Well, according to his well publicized and orchestrated photo shoots , he does. Over the years Putin has been photographed leading crane migrations , tranquilizing polar bears, tagging whales for scientific research and releasing tigers back into the wild . However now, it seems his love for conservation could sour Russian-Chinese relationships – as one of Putin’s five released tigers has crossed the Chinese border and is killing goats. Read the rest of Vladimir Putin’s Tiger Blamed For Killing Goats in Northeast China Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: amur tigers , china , conservation , goats , president putin , russia , tiger conservation , tigers , vladimir putin

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Leonardo DiCaprio Donates $3 Million to Double Nepal’s Tiger Population by 2022

November 22, 2013 by  
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The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation just donated a whopping $3 million to help the World Wildlife Fund double the population of wild tigers in Nepal by 2022. The grant will aid the WWF in working with the Nepalese government to protect and monitor tiger populations and enact stronger anti-poaching controls. The gracious grant is expected to help increase the tiger population from 3,200 to 6,400 in the next nine years – by year of the tiger in the Chinese calendar. Read the rest of Leonardo DiCaprio Donates $3 Million to Double Nepal’s Tiger Population by 2022 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “World Wildlife Fund” , eco design , green design , images of Leonardo DiCaprio , Leonardo DiCaprio donates $3million to tiger conservation , Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation , Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation $3 million to tigers , Leonardo DiCaprio saves tigers , Nepal tigers , Save Tigers Now , sustainable design , WWF and Leonardo DiCaprio        

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