Posts tagged tigers
Posts tagged tigers
National Geographic - Wild Russia
Dr Bhagavan Antle of The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S), photographs 4 varieties of Bengal tigers
You are terrible.
You are inhumane shit bags.
Organizations like you that work so hard to justify the debilitating inbreeding of tigers to reproduce the rare color genes under the guise of “conservation.” You are liars, and the truth will spread.
This is Kenny. Kenny doesn’t have down’s syndrome like the internet has told you. Kenny is severely deformed due to inbreeding. We’re told this is necessary to “conserve” his species.
Kenny is not a special, extra endangered rare species anymore than any other black and orange striped tiger. He is a normal fucking tiger with a rare genetic mutation that is easier to reproduce by inbreeding. After so many generations of inbreeding, you get poor Kenny.
White tigers endure a host of health problems about which the public is largely unaware, including immune system deficiencies that cause many to live miserable and short lives, scoliosis of the spine, hip dysplasia, neurological disorders, cleft palates, and protruding, bulging eyes. Many are stillborn and many more turn out to be too deformed to display. Among the ones that look pretty, according to some tiger trainers, only one in 30 will consistently perform.
so FUCK YOU The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species, You are not doing a public service. You are trying to play god and trying to sweep your miserable failure under the rug by brandishing wildly at pretty pictures of white tigers that—omg—one day might perform in fucking Vegas. What a fucking honor for a tiger, huh? I’m sure the ones who are stuck living the rest of their short, agonizing lives in a cage really aspire to some day work with Sigfried and Roy.
Tumblr needs to know about this sort of bullshit because I so often see white tigers on my dash, and I really think that if more people knew the truth behind rare colored tiger “conservation” less people would be enamored by them, and therefore a market for them would start to taper off.
Read more at White Tigers: Conserving a lie.
Even your name is a great big goddamn lie.
YES, FUCKING FINALLY.
Tiger cubs together by Robbert Van Weelderen
I love how cats can give wide eye stares at things as if they are the most amazing things.
Incredibly Rare Siberian Tiger Release (by ckoenen)Siberian Tiger Release - IFAW by Michael Booth Meet Zolushka, the luckiest tiger in the world. This orphaned Siberian tigress was left to fend for herself when she was only a few months old — her mother likely killed by poachers. Less than 400 of these rare creatures exist in the wild - the survival of the species literally hangs in the balance with each individual animal. IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare worked with partners in far east Russia to rescue and rehabilitate this amazing animal. Watch as this incredibly rare tiger is released and returned to its wild habitat. For more info, visit http://ifaw.org
Wonderful, wonderful! A great release, and just check out how these tigers are built. They’re pure power!
Sage Tiger - by Rukis
laughterbynight replied to your post: given an infinite amount of time, would it be ethical for humans to genetically breed animals into targeted species? (like introduce the concept of something like roller skates onto the feet of animals, through gradual natural selection)The white tiger thing drives me up a fucking wall because they’re romanticized as fuck on this site and in general. So many white tiger characters. I can’t!
I agree. I don’t have a problem with white tiger characters as a rule (if you think it’s pretty, sure, whatever), but I do want to make sure that everyone is informed as to the issues of supporting the breeding of white tigers. If there is a sideshow or something that includes white tigers as an attraction, don’t give them your money. Actually, don’t give those sorts of operations your money anyway. They are often rife with abuse.
Furthermore, many tiger quote-on-quote sanctuaries are really just fronts for the breeding and exploitation of white tigers, ligers, et cetera. A credible sanctuary will neither breed their animals (a credible sanctuary will sterilize them; breeding captive tigers does not help wild populations at this point as they’ve had so many generations removed from the wild) nor have them perform in ‘shows’ of any sort.
Basically, know that your fantasy about majestic wild white tigers is just that, a fantasy.
Conserving Endangered Tigers
A critically endangered Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) growls at a photographer at the Sumatra Tiger Rescue Centre compound, inside the Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation (TWNC), near Bandar Lampung, Indonesia, on February 25, 2013.
The rescue center has released five tigers since 2009 on the 45,000 hectares of the TWNC jungle. Eight tigers, which eat a total of 80 live pigs a month, are still under its care, but one of the eight will be released next year.
The Sumatran tiger is a rare tiger subspecies that inhabits the Indonesian island of Sumatra and is classified as critically endangered. About 440-600 of these animals were accounted for by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2008. The owner of this preserve has said that it costs roughly $150,000 per month to maintain.
(photo: Beawiharta/Reuters) (via: Takepart.org)
Good News: Tigers in Nepal - population increases 63 %
The small Himalayan country of Nepal shared some big news on Global Tiger Day.
Nepal’s government announced its tiger population has increased by 63 percent since the last survey in 2009—putting the number of tigers at an estimated 198 with a range between 163-235.
Nepal was able to definitively confirm that wild tigers are found in 12 of the 14 districts in the Terai Arc Landscape, which is also home to rhinos, elephants and nearly 7 million people. Remarkable tiger population gains were noted in:
- Bardia National Park—grew to 50 (45 - 55) from 18 (17 - 29) in 2009
- Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve—increased to 17 (13 - 21) from 8 (8 - 14) in 2009
- Chitwan National Park—rose to 120 (98 - 139) from 91 (71 - 147) in 2009
The first-ever joint tiger survey between Nepal and India in the transboundary Terai Arc Landscape began in January. In Nepal, this massive wildlife survey included over 260 trained staff, camera traps covering 1,870 square miles of tiger habitat and 7,699 tiger images…
(read more: World Wildlife Fund)
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?!
a majestic stealthy cold blooded killer