This Tiger is as photogenic as me!
Rising Numbers May Not Be Enough to Save Tigers and Kiwis
by Traci Watson
The little spotted kiwi is a shy worm-eater so small it can be cradled in a child’s arms. The Bengal tiger is a 220-kilogram predator that shouldn’t be cradled in anyone’s arms. But new research shows the cuddly bird and the powerful feline share an unfortunate fate: Though their numbers have stabilized or are even rising, some populations are suffering from profound genetic isolation or loss of genetic diversity—enough in some cases to leave them deeply vulnerable to new diseases and other threats.
Taken together, the findings demonstrate that “just because population sizes of threatened species have recovered doesn’t mean that they are okay,” writes Richard Frankham, a professor emeritus at Macquarie University in Australia and an author of several conservation-genetics textbooks who was not involved with the work, in an e-mail. “Genetic management of fragmented animal and plant populations is one of the most important, largely ignored issues in conservation biology.”…
(read more: Science/AAAS)
(photos: (left) Aditya Joshi; (right) Andrew Digby)
this was supposed to be educational but then i gave up after the title
omg thank you.
Same goes for Lion and Tiger. The amount of times I’ve heard people mistake a Tiger for a damn Lion…
Wait wait wait
I can see getting leopards and jaguars confused since they both have rosettes and have similar builds… I can even see cheetahs getting mixed up in there since large cat with spots…
BUT A LION AND A TIGER?!
(via sweatmustache)Source: miaou-tier
“After several expeditions the human race finally came into contact with a planet with sustainable life. Surprisingly many of the fauna that inhabit this planet are very much similar to that of our own wildlife on Earth, specifically a creature nicknamed simply as ‘The Stalker,’ which displays similar characterisitcs to the critically endangered Siberian Tigers. DNA splicing was commenced to help recreate the dying species. Most tests have proven to be unsuccessful resulting in the death of the created embryoes shortly after fertilization. But one subject has survived past the embryonic stage to develop into a fetus until it eventually was born. Initial examinations of the newly created creature show no major abnormalities, however as the specimen has matured and developed into an adult, it abopted the features of it’s alien ancestor as well as kept characteristics of our tiger species. The creature displays a much more aggressive nature than that of either species, therefore the creature is deemed a threat to human society and is to be kept contained within our facilities until further notice.
Was done for COW 231-Siberian Legacy on CA”