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Can The Caspian Tiger Make a Comeback?

caspian_tiger Helmut Diller, WWF

In reeds tinged red in the Central Asian sun, a tiger once roamed. Will it again? (Illustration: Helmut Diller, WWF)

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Amur Tiger Cinderella Begins New Chapter. Mother and Cubs Are Doing Fine

Cinderella surviving in the wild

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Cinderella Gives Birth and New Hope For Amur Tigers

Zolushka and Cubs

Photo Courtesy of IFAW-International Fund For Animal Welfare

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Big Cats, Cold Weather and Rain

Lion pensive at Columbus Zoo

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The Amur Tiger’s Cinderella Story



Amur tiger in snow

Photo courtesy of National Geographic

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Amur Tiger Leaves Forest to Ask Humans for Help

Amur Tiger Seeks Help from Humans

Amur Tiger  National Geographic

Image of Amur Tiger from National Geographic

In the Russian Far East Primorye, a young Amur tiger left the forest with an illegal poachers trap grasping his paw. The weakened tiger was crying out from the pain as he entered the village. The tiger appeared to be asking for help as he walked from place to place and  didn’t seem interested in returning to the forest.

Paw Caught in a Trap

Local hunters,  came to the aid of the young male, thought to be about one year of age, by calling on the police and forest rangers for their assistance.  The tiger was humanely  captured and the trap was successfully removed from his paw. Local  experts think the tiger accidentally got caught in a trap set for a much smaller animal.  The lure of the bait in the trap was too hard for the tiger to resist.

Get Well Soon!

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Amur Tigers Need You! Please Sign To Ban Tiger Trade Now

A Moment of Silence for the Amur Tiger

I have something super serious to tell you. Eight Amur tiger skins have been seized from a citizen in the town of

Amur Tiger with Gracey

A Moment of Silence for the Amur Tiger.

Arseniev in the Russian Far East. Wildlife experts think the poachers killed the entire tiger family including two cubs estimated to be 1-2 months old.

The deaths of these tigers is a crushing blow to wild tiger conservation. There are only an estimated 8-10 adult Amur tigers living in the Lazovsky Nature Reserve, one of the largest nature reserves in the Primorye, the far south-eastern edge of Russia.

Amur Tiger Conservation Efforts

The Amur tiger is in a battle against extinction. Scientists are worried that even though there are around 500 Amur tigers  surviving in the wild, low genetic diversity is making the subspecies vulnerable to disease. In fact the effective population was estimated at just 14 individuals remaining.  The troublesome low effective population size dims the hope for the recovery of the big cat.  To lose 8 healthy tigers, an entire family, to poachers is devastating.

It is important to understand there are many people in the Russian Far East that are protective of the Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica), you might know this tiger better by the name Siberian tiger. This tiger subspecies is listed as  critically endangered in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and in the Red Books of the Russian Federation. Following the International Tiger Forum in St. Petersburg in 2010 the Russian Government began allocating  money to conserve Amur tigers in protected areas. But they are facing a formidable opponent and that is the demand for tiger skins and  tiger derivatives, such as bones and other parts for tiger wine, soups and traditional medicinal practices. As the tiger population dwindles, the price of tiger parts goes up because of scarcity.

Younger Generation is Driving the Illegal Trade!

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Cat Artist’s Interpretation of an Amur Tiger

Today, I needed to unleash some of my pent up energy after soaking up a lot of sunshine on my Cat Power Tower. I decided to spend a little time on my iPad.  I started off playing Chase the Butterfly but soon grew tired. I thought  I would rather use some of my creative energy painting.   Here is a brief video of my creative process.

As you saw in the video, I began to imagine a beautiful and mighty Amur Tiger  walking through a Korean Pine Forest of the Russian Far East. My creative energy took over and before I knew it, I had created, if I do say so myself,  an accurate portrayal of the  of the light, colors and imagery of a Tiger in the Taiga.

Here is my inspiration:

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John Vaillant, Author of The Tiger Chats with Gracey + Giveaway

Friends, it is my privilege to introduce to you Mr. John Vaillant, the author of The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival (Knopf,2010). John’s book is a bestseller in the U.S. and Canada and has won numerous awards, including British Columbia’s National Award for Non-Fiction.  John’s first book, The Golden

Author John Vaillant

John Vaillant, author of The Tiger

Spruce (Norton, 2005), was also an award-winning bestseller. John’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National Geographic, and Outside.

John is giving away a signed copy of his award winning book to one lucky Friend that shares a comment or asks a question in the comment section below this post.


Gracey: Welcome to The Tiniest Tiger’s Conservation Cub Club. I am honored to be interviewing you because your book, The Tiger; A True Story of Vengeance and Survival is my favorite book.

John: Thank you, Gracey.  I’m so glad you like the book!  And I’m happy to be able to talk with you about this tiger, and cats in general.

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Keep Wildlife in the Wild Week June 20-24

Born Free USA’s third annual Keep Wildlife in the Wild Week, June 20-24 was started with the goal of taking care of wild animals not just around the world but in your own back yards!  Adam Roberts, executive vice president of Born Free USA, says the goal of Keep Wildlife in the Wild Week, is to get people to stop, think and take action.

Small steps can lead up to making a big difference. In my backyard, you might already know that we  try our best to take care of Bossy Backyard Blue Jay and all of the birds that gather and live around our habitat.  We provide food and water, and we have trees and shrubs for shelter. We are also super lucky to have squirrels, rabbits, opossum, white tail deer, the occasional raccoon and last winter there might even have been a bobcat track through our yard. We  live in an area surrounded by neighbors that love wildlife as much as we do.

What isn’t so lucky is the wild tiger.  There are more wild tigers in captivity in the United States than there are in the wild.  Occupying a mere 6% of their original territory, the tiger faces the possibility of following the pug marks of the ghosts of the Balinese, Caspian and Javan subspecies into extinction. The South China subspecies is already extinct in the wild. The remaining, Amur (Siberian), Bengal, Indo-Chinese (including Malayan), and Sumatran subspecies only have an estimated 1000 breeding females in total.

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