New Scent DNA Used For Tiger Conservation
Happy Mother’s Day!
Our Mother’s Day post written by Gracey was one of our most popular. So Annie and Eddie thought they would follow in her paw prints and celebrate this Mother’s Day with their own tribute to the things mothers do for us for which we are grateful whether we are lions, tigers, cats or humans.
Mother’s Are Patient
Circuses End Performing Lions and Tigers in the United Kingdom
Big changes are underway under the Big Top in the United Kingdom. Traveling circuses have started their season but for the first time no circus will be entertaining the crowd with performing big cats. The Great British Circus was the last show to feature tigers doing tricks and they sent their cats to an operator in Ireland just in time before the new animal welfare regulations became active last month.
The Victorian era ushered in circuses with performing elephants, lions and tigers on tour. The last time the circuses toured without exotic animals was around 1768 when the first modern circus entertained the spectators with horses and riders performing daring feats. Wild animals did not debut in the circus until after the British empire expanded in the 19th century. Wild animals were captured and brought back to be put on display at a time when the average person had little chance of seeing a live lion, tiger or elephant let alone watch them performing tricks.
Over the last couple hundred years, our world is a very different place. We have access to learning about and seeing lions, tigers and elephants from many sources, whether that be a zoological park, a sanctuary, learning via the internet or nature programs on television. We also know more about the big cats that share our world and most people are concerned about how they are treated and find physical abuse unacceptable in modern society.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Sometimes it is easy to take for granted all the things that our mother’s do for us. On this day, I thought I would share with you just a few things mothers do for us for which we are grateful whether we are lions, tigers, house cats or humans.
Mothers Guide Us Down the Right Path
There are many paths to choose from while we learn our way in the world. Mothers do their best to guide us down the right path. It is up to us to listen.
Lions, Tigers, Bears and Elephants Need You Now!
Friends, our big cat cousins as well as bears, elephants and other animals need us to speak out for them. Right now in the United States House of Representatives there is a bill H.R. 3359, the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act. H.R. 3359 is focused and a great step in the right direction to protect animals used for amusement. We need to speak up and be heard to stop the abuse of our fellow living beings.
There are tigers living on top of the world and this is terrific news. Wild tiger populations are dwindling and there
has not been much good news to report about any of the remaining 5 subspecies of tigers that share our world, but recently a “lost” population of tigers has been filmed living at a higher altitude in the Himalayas than was previously thought that tigers could survive.
Tigers have been known to live in the Himalayan foothills of Bhutan, but when Bhutanese villagers reported that tigers were living as high as 13,000 ft (4000 m), Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, the President of Panthera, decided to investigate. Dr. Rabinowitz, along with BBC Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan travelled to Bhutan in search of the mountain tigers. After treking up the mountain, Buchanan set up a series of camera traps that would capture any animal that passed by. The Panthera team left camera traps as high as 4100 meters, a level where trees begin to struggle for survival.
Three months later, Gordon returned to his camera traps to see what animals had passed by. Incredibly, the cameras shot footage of two wild tigers, one male and one female. These images are the first known footage of tigers in the remote mountains of Bhutan and the first concrete evidence that tigers are capable of living at that altitude. This is the only place on earth known to have tigers, leopards and snow leopards all sharing the same valley.