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Save The Tiger

As I mentioned in my May 22, 2010 blog: Bengal Tiger, this is the Year of the Tiger on the Chinese Calendar.  With so few tigers left in the wild today, it is more important than ever to save this majestic cat.

Here are some of the different ways that you can help save the Tigers:

World Wildlife Fund

  • Species Adoption – Give a gift that will help protect the future of nature. Your symbolic adoption supports WWF’s global efforts to protect wild animals and their habitats.  You can also give Species Adoption gift cards so your recipient can pick what species they want to adopt.
  • Donate

SaveTigersNow.org – This is part of World Wildlife Fund.  You can donate and your donation will go to:

  • strengthen grassroots projects to save tiger habitat across its range
  • support antipoaching efforts on the ground
  • build political will so that governments commit to bold, game-changing strategies that give wild tigers a future

SaveTheTigerFund.org

  • Save The Tiger Fund (STF) is a partnership program between the ExxonMobil Foundation and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) established in 1995 focused on the conservation of wild tigers.

SaveOurTigers.com

  • Every little bit helps. You can speak up about the cause. You can write or blog about our tigers. Even staying up-to-date with tiger facts like knowledge of tiger sanctuaries, their population, news updates, etc. helps. You can also donate money to NGOs working for the cause, like WWF-India. If we don’t act now, we can lose this part of our heritage forever.
  • Twitter id: @SaveOurTigers
  • Facebook ID: http://www.facebook.com/StripeytheCub?ref=ts

SavingWildTigers.org

  • Donate

TigerHaven.org

  • Big cat sanctuary and rescue facility located in Tennessee. Similar to a animal shelter for dogs and cats except it is a no kill facility and it is a permanent home for the big cats.
  • These cats do not work for a living, they just enjoy the rest of their lives.
  • Adopt a cat at $53/year to help feed and house these wonderful cats.  WIth your donation, you will receive a certificate and an 8×10 photo of the cat that you choose.

These are just some of the ways that you can help the tiger population.  Anything that you can do would be appreciated.

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June 16, 2010 Posted by | Wildlife | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Lion

The Lion (Panthera Leo) is the second largest member of the cat family, second only to the tiger.  The word lion derives from Latin leo.  They currently exit in sub-saharan African and in Asia with a critically endangered remnant population in the Gir Forest National Park in India.  The lion has disappered from North Africa and Southwest Asia.

They generally live for 10-15 years in the wild and can live over 20 years in captivity.  They are unusually social compared to the other big cats.  They live in a Pride.  Related females and their offspring and a small group of males live together.  The females hunt together.

The male lion is easily recognizable due to his mane.

There are eight subspecies that are recognized today:

  • Asiatic Lion (Panthera leo persica) – About 300 exist in or near the Gir Forest in India.  Once widespread from Turkey across SW Asia to Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.
  • Barbary Lion (Panthera leo leo) – They are extinct due to excessive hunting.  There may be some in captivity in India. Last wild lion was killed in Morocco in 1922. One of the largest subspecies.  Ranged from Morocco to Egypt.
  • West African Lion (Panthera leo senegatensis) – Found in West African from Senegal to Nigeria.
  • Northeast Congo Lion (Panthera leo azandica) – Found in northeastern part of Congo.
  • East African or Massi Lion (Panthera leo nubica) – Found from Ethiopia and Kenya to Tanzania and Mozambique.
  • Southwest African or Katanga Lion (Panthera leo bleyenberghi) – Found in Southwest Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Angola, Zaire, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  • Southeast African Lion (Panthera leop krugeri) – Transvaal region of Southeast Africa including Kruger National Forest.
  • Cape Lion (Panthera leo melanchaita) – Extinct in wild around 1860.
  • East Africa or Tsavo Lion (Panthera leo nubica) – Found from Kenya to Tsava National Forest.

The lion is the tallest at shoulder of all the felines. Their skulls are similar to that of a tiger though the frontal region is more depressed and flattened and they have broader nasal openings.  The lion color is light buff to yellowish, reddish, or dark brown.  Their underparts are lighter and both the male and the female have black tuft of hair at the end of their tails.  Lion cubs are born with spots that fade when they get older but may still be seen on their legs.  The male lion’s mane is a distinct feature, unique only to them.

Lions do not mate at a specific time of year.  Gestation period is 110 days.  One to four cubs are born in a litter in a secluded den.  Female lion hunts by herself when cubs are still helpless.  Cubs are born blind, their eyes open about a week after birth.  They are walking about 2-3 weeks after birth.  The mother does not reintegrate herself back into the pride until the cubs are about 6-8 weeks old.  As much as 80% cubs will die before they reach age 2.

It is estimated that there has been a 30-50% decline of the lion population over the past 20 years.  Something needs to be done before they are totally gone from the wild.

June 3, 2010 Posted by | Wildlife | , , | Leave a comment