Tiger Burning Bright

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

— from The Tyger by William Blake


The Big Cats  Lions, Cheetahs, Panthers, Snow Leopards, Mountain Lions, Tigers all the deadly cousins of our domestic tabbies are in danger of extinction in most of the world. So it’s rare to have some good news to report.

The magnificent Siberian Tiger (also known as the Amur Tiger) is making a modest comeback. There’s no guarantee it will last, but their numbers in the wild have risen by about 15% over the past decade, according to Sergei Donskoi, head of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources, citing a preliminary report last May.

Amur tiger on the prowl.

Taking a census of these elusive hunters was a daunting task. Two thousand people covered about 58,000 square miles (150,000 square kilometers) of the tiger’s rugged habitat, searching for tiger tracks, scat and other signs, like claw marks on trees. The team deployed camera traps in some areas trying to capture the animals on film.

Heavy poaching and loss of habitat, including illegal logging, had taken their toll on the Siberian Tiger population. Now Russia has taken a tougher stance against poaching and illegal trade in tiger parts, and it’s beginning to pay off. Increased surveillance, a stronger economy, and wildlife rescue efforts have also helped.

There’s more hope that at least the Siberian Tiger will continue to burn bright. May conservationists and governments keep working together, finding solutions to the problems we humans created for the Big Cats before they are gone forever.

amur-tiger cubs

National Geographic: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/06/150611-tigers-amur-siberian-animals-endangered-science-world/


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5 Responses to Tiger Burning Bright

  1. pete says:

    I was trying to find a story I’d heard of about a man in India or Bangladesh (couldn’t find it) but I kept seeing a story about a woman in China who got out of her car in Beijing safari park and her mother who got out to try to save her and all I could think of is a line from the movie “Jurassic Park” when someone says “We need to put locking mechanisms on the doors”.

    I understand why they need to let people see what it is they’re working to save but the idea of people driving their own vehicles through a large cat enclosure is just asking for trouble.

    Look at and admire them from a distance and don’t try to interact with them, they don’t want a hug.

  2. Pete,
    That reminds me of an incident years ago. We had been to the top of Roan Mountain, and were on our way home after dark. Brandi was in the back seat, when a cat crossed the road in front of us and I braked for it. I think she was about six or seven at the time. She exclaimed, “Kitty cat!”

    I replied, “Honey, did you notice that kitty cat was a good seven feet from nose to tail?”

    They are making a comeback in the Blue Ridge.

  3. Pete – story is here – http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/25/asia/china-animals-death/

    Peopel never learn: “Several signs at the park read: “Cherish your life. Never get out of your car.””

  4. wordcloud9 says:

    People too often forget that WE are invading THEIR territory.

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