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Amur Tigers Have Adapted for the Cold. Your Cat Has Not!

The Amur Tiger Adapted to Survive Harsh Cold WintersSiberian tiger in snow

The Amur tiger, you might know this cat by the name Siberian tiger, lives in the coniferous, scrub oak and birch woodlands of the Primorsky Krai region of the Russia far east.
This tiger has adapted to live in a the harsh cold climate where extreme cold temperatures and deep snow are common.
  • Their large size, the biggies cats in the world, allows them to conserve heat better than their smaller cousins living in Sumatra.
  • The Amur tiger has a layer of fat on its belly and flanks to protect them from the bitter cold.
  • This tigers fur is thick and long providing protection from freezing cold during the winter months.
  • Their paws have extra fur that protects them like wearing snow boots from the snow and ice.

Your Cat Has Not Adapted to Survive the Harsh Winter

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3 Simple Things You Can Do to Help Save Wild Tigers

The tiger (Panthera tigris)  is the world’s most favorite animal according to a survey carried out by Animal Planet. This poll of more than 50,000 people in 73 countries chose the tiger, the world’s largest and most threatened with extinction of the big cats.  When asked to explain the overwhelming appeal of the tiger, Dr. Candy d’Sa, an animal behaviorist, said: “We can relate to the tiger, as it is fierce and commanding o the outside, but noble and discerning on the inside.”

The tiger’s win was greeted with hope by conservationists because if people are choosing the tiger as their favorite animal, they surely  will do what is needed to ensure their survival.  But the tiger has vanished from 93% of their historic range.  And down from 100,000 wild tigers 100 years ago to fewer than 3,200 remain in the wild today. Will we do what is needed to endure the tiger’s survival?  Here are 3 simple tings you can do to help save wild tigers.

1) Tissue Products are Pushing Sumatran Tigers to Local Extinction

WWF Tiger and Toilet Paper

The toilet paper on your grocery store shelves may have a direct impact on the 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild. Image courtesy of WWF. Please buy only FSC- certified and recycled fiber paper products.

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Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act

First Responders Set Out to Rescue 5 Men Trapped in Tree by Big Cats in Sumatra

A group of Indonesian men spent four days trapped in a tree while  Sumatran tigers paced in circles around the tree.  The men were hunting

English: Sumatran Tiger

English: Sumatran Tiger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

for rare wood used to make incense but this is not  what provoked the tigers. These men accidentally killed a tiger cub in a trap set to catch antelope and deer for food.  The tigers were relentless seeking revenge killing a sixth man and waiting for the remaining five to come down from the tree.

A team of  30 rescuers, including police and soldiers, dispatched to help the men deep in the jungle in the north of Sumatra arrived to find the critically endangered tigers still circling the tree.  This team did not dare approach, but called in three local animal tamers.   Eventually the tigers left the tree and the men were rescued.

This took place in Sumatra, home of the Sumatran tiger, where cases of animal-human conflict are increasing due to extensive logging chewing up the big cats’ natural habitat.  The Sumatran tiger is the world’s smallest tiger and the team of 30 rescuers would not approach the tigers without an additional team of animal trainers skilled at diverting the tigers’ attention. And this happened in Sumatra, where both the tigers and the first responders both live.

First Responders Bear the Burden of  the Big Cat Crisis in the United States Too.

First responders bear the burden of the big cat crisis in the United States too but this country is not home to wild tigers. There are an estimated 10,000- 20,000 big cats kept as pets in backyards, basements and roadside zoos throughout the United States. Sadly, the U.S. is thought to be home to more captive tigers than are found in the wild. Exact numbers are not known so there is no way of knowing how many big cats are being kept in private hands and under what conditions.

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The Tiniest Tiger’s Snow Adventure

Tiger cubs romping in the snow are super cute. And these Amur tiger cubs living at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium are no exception. The cubs are six months old and weigh about ninety pounds and as you can see in the zoo’s video, they are happy as can be frolicking together around their habitat.

Amur Tiger Cubs  Snow  Adventure  at  the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

Watching my young big cat cousins inspired me. While in my heated thinking circle today, I thought perhaps I should feed my inner Amur tiger and venture out to frolic in the snow. After all, it is winter here in Ohio and my backyard is completely covered in white fluffy snow. The neighbor children are all suited up and sledding down the hills and they seem to be enjoying themselves. So I thought, why not brave the cold and pounce around a bit in the snow. So I left the comfort and warmth of my heated thinking circle and I went into the wild.

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Tigers or Toilet Paper? You Don’t Have to Choose.

WWF Tiger and Toilet Paper

"The toilet paper on your grocery store shelves may have a direct impact on the 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild." Image courtesy of WWF. Please buy only FSC- certified and recycled-fiber paper products

The green dense rain forests on the Indonesian island of Sumatra are the only place in the entire world where elephants, tigers, rhinos and orangutans live together.  But, since 1985, Sumatra has lost over half of its forest to the pulp and paper and palm oil industries. With only an estimated 400  Sumatran tigers left in the wild, we must all stand together to protect the last remaining habitat for our big cousins.

The World Wildlife Federation, (WWF) hunted down the connection between the United States toilet paper and tissue products and the destruction of tropical forests on the other side of the world.  What WWF found out is that the end products from the deforestation of the Sumatran forests are showing up on the United States supermarket shelves and in restaurants, hotels, schools and homes.

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