Come with us to ’30 Hills’ a place where endangered tigers, elephants, orangutans, and two indigenous tribes are threatened by deforestation. The week it’s all about tigers, check out the clip below. Watch it tonight and all week on CNN International with Philippe Cousteau.
Learn more at save30hills.org.
An Indonesian military tribunal has jailed two soldiers for illegally possessing two stuffed
Sumatran tigers. There are an estimated 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild.
Read more here: http://bit.ly/StuffedTigersSeized
Firstly i want to clear up a few questions about Melani – I will just state the facts and elaborate later as my internet isnt great atm. She is in this holding cage inside the animal hospital in Taman Safari. The reason she is there is because Melani is terribly frail and ill. The Minister of Forestry heard Melani plight and the outcry and he ordered Melani out of Surabaya and to Taman Safari. Melani is 15 years old and has endured poisoning from tainted meat which left her internal organs in a horrifying condition. You might remember a number of other “starving” tigers from Surabaya in 2010/11, that was because all of them ate that same poisoned meat. Melani survived, but she was dying from continued incorrect care at Surabaya Zoo. Melani’s kidney and liver function was so low on arrival at Taman Safari that it is amazing this girl is alive. With a new diet and 24/7 care (and i do mean 24/7) she has put on weight slowly, but continues to be frail. I can tell you that her nature is so incredibly sweet. Those big Sumatran eyes looked at me, so I attempted a chuff (tiger for greeting) She chuffed back and my eyes welled with tears. She is a sweet and gentle soul that has endured so very much, and there she is showing affection. xoxox There is so much to tell, so very much and I will tell it, but I cant upload much atm. Tomorrow I go into Surabaya. I would love to see the people on Indonesia and any other visitors who are in the area, to PLEASE show your support for the Surabaya animals. I am just one, but TOGETHER we can do amazing things. You will not change the world saving one animal, but for that animal, its world will change forever. Be brave, Be humane and Act ~ Sybelle
Courage and strength are symbols represented by the mighty tiger, but it is these attributes that make the tiger so sought after by hunters. Will the tiger be chased to extinction, or will the largest feline on Earth be saved?
Via –Amit Kanungo
The main predator of the tiger is humankind. They have been trapped, poisoned and hunted heavily by humans not only to eliminate threats to livestock, but also for sport, trophies, skins, and sources of traditional medical products. Superstition has surrounded tigers for centuries; their body parts are used in Asian medicines. Necklets of tiger claws are thought to protect a child from “the evil eye“; tiger whiskers are considered either a dreadful poison (in Malaysia), a powerful aphrodisiac (in Indonesia), or an aid to childbirth (in India and Pakistan); the bones, fat, liver and penis of a tiger are prized as medicines.
Humans have also altered the natural habitats of tigers by their destruction and encroachment on the tigers’ feeding range; humans are destroying their habitats by cutting down trees, moving into their preferred locations, polluting the water and air, and hunting their prey. An intense effort is under way to save the endangered tigers. Unfortunately, tigers are still illegally hunted for their fur, bones and other parts to supply markets in China and Taiwan. Tigers have been hunted to near extinction by poachers, and all subspecies have been declared endangered.
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