Changsha zoo allows visitors to play tug-of-war with a Siberian tiger
In order to get the tiger interested in playing with the bipedal mammals gawping at it from the other side of the glass, a live chicken is placed in a sack tied to one end of a rope, the other end is held by visitors. When the tiger grabs the bag, visitors attempt to wrest control away from the big cat. According to media reports, one group of seven visitors lost to a four year old tiger.
The game costs 45 yuan to participate in, and is, according to the zoo, designed to help stimulate the animals and avoid potential sickness that can be caused by malaise and inactivity when in captivity.
Shows involving animals are prohibited by a 2010 regulation, but zoos, including Shanghai’s very own Wild Animal Park, frequently ignore the restrictions.
[Image credit: Xinhua]
When it comes to looking after all the species that are already endangered, there’s such a lot to do that sometimes it might all seem to be too much, especially when there are so many other important things to worry about. But if we stop trying, the chances are that pretty soon we’ll end up with a world where there are no Tigers. And I think that would be a shame, don’t you?
Our travels in Russia continue as we visit a second project we are supporting focused on Amur Tiger Conservation. One aspect of this project is training Russian veterinarians and wildlife professionals to respond to diseases that threaten Amur tigers and other wildlife. Learn more: (http://www.mnzoo.org/tigerssp/amurConservation.html)
Yes you can successfully re-introduce Zoo cats back to the wild.
Billy Arjan Singh was one of India’s greatest wildlife conservationists, a living legend and famous for hand rearing 3 leopards and 1 tiger and reintroducing them to the wild. The Leopards Prince, Harriet and Juliette, and Tara the Tigress born in Twycross zoo in England.
With Tara there was controversy from the start… over her pure bred Bengal status, with claims that she carried the genes of another sub-species the ‘Siberian,’…with some accusing him of introducing Siberian tiger genes to Dudhwa and possibly further afield, he refuted the criticism, believing that it would only enhance the gene pool.
His idea was to release a captive bred Bengal tigress into the wild to both refresh the gene pool at Dudhwa and demonstrate that artificial restocking was possible; plus, to prove experts wrong that zoo bred hand reared tigers could never be released into the wild successfully.
However, in the late 70’s Dudhwa became famous for its man eating tigers with a total of 24 people killed – many believed Tara was responsible, due to her lack of hunting skills, believing that she was hunting humans as an easier prey. Billy joined the many hunts for the man eater and to identify the tiger. The Park director Mr Ram Lakhan Singh claimed he had shot her on 11th November, 1980 and mounted her in his house..with a certificate from the Government of India declaring that this is the trophy of the tigress killed.
Proving that you cannot successfully re-release hand reared or zoo bred cats back into the wild.
However, both Billy and a committee of Indian tiger specialists said it was definitely not Tara. Billy claimed to the end that Tara was not responsible and that he had kept a track of her and that she had died in 1992.
If you look at the markings of the Lucknow tiger with the markings of Tara you can see that they are different. He was right and re-releasing big cats or any wild captive animal back from zoos to the wild is a successful reality.
After publishing many books and gathering many Awards..Billy received the in 2004, his 88th year, he was awarded the J. Paul Getty Wildlife Conservation Prize by the World Wide Fund for Nature – the equivalent of a Nobel Prize in acknowledgement of his lifetime’s work.
Moves need to be made to create centres for rehabilitation around the parks..that can both look after the injured and ready zoo bred for re-release. If the money is spent here and conserving corridors…they can make also more money from tourism, kept to a strict path..viewing in the wild and phasing out zoos. Think of all the global money spent on zoos which could be redirected into wild conservation !
People need to be accountable to their part in the universal Karma ! And the tortured souls with a lifetime of imprisonment on view, at your mercy.
TIGER FACT – The Amur Tiger is not only the largest tiger sub-species, but is widely known to be the largest big cat in the world. On average, fully grown males can weigh between 160-190 kg and females 110-130 kg.
This is 4 year old Kuzma, born at Banham Zoo in October 2008!
Updated: 2013-04-08 01:29
The department is engaged in discussions with the Land of Leopard National Park in Primorsky Territory of Russia on a cooperative agreement to protect the big cat.
Amur leopard looks through the bars of its enclosure at a zoo in Leipzig, Germany, on Wednesday. Hendrik Schmidt / AP
“If everything goes smoothly, we suggest signing an agreement with the park in June,” said Jiang Jinsong, a provincial forestry department official.
“We hope to promote the cooperation as soon as possible,” said Alyona Salmanova, head of the science department at Land of Leopard National Park. The park will draft the agreement.
The Amur leopard, which lives in the border area of China, Russia and the Korean Peninsula, is a subspecies of the Panthera genus. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, the Amur leopard population has dwindled to around 50, making it one of the world’s most endangered species.
According to RIA Novosti, Land of Leopard National Park was set up early in 2012 at the order of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The park, bordering Hunchun in Jilin province, is one of the migration routes for Siberian tigers and Amur leopards.
China and Russia have been exploring ways to protect the wild cats in recent years. The current focus is on setting up joint monitoring, information sharing and personnel exchanges between Russia’s Primorsky Territory and China’s Heilongjiang and Jilin provinces.
Zhu Jiang, head of the Northeast China office of the WWF, spoke highly of joint Sino-Russian wildlife protection efforts. Zhu said the WWF will fully support the cross-border Amur leopard reserve.
“Our cooperation is expanding from the protection of Siberian tigers to Amur leopards, which means the cooperation is deepening,” said Jiang Guangshun, deputy head of the Feline Research Center of the State Forestry Administration.
Liu Ce in Shenyang contributed to this story.