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2010-11-14 00:14:59

With as few as 3,200 Tigers in the Wild, Experts Discuss Goal of Doubling Wild Tiger Numbers and Tackling Issues Such as Poaching, Habitat Loss and Captive Tigers. Washington, DC (Vocus) November 12, 2010 World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and TRAFFIC International will hold a joint media briefing by teleconference on Tuesday, Nov. 16 ahead of the upcoming International Tiger Forum, which takes place later this month in St. Petersburg. Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will host a heads of...

2010-11-10 08:00:00

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass., Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare) is moving three tigers from a closed sanctuary in San Antonio, Texas to Pittsboro, North Carolina. The tigers will be transported on a 36-foot rescue trailer and cover more than 1,300 miles to their new life-long home at the Carolina Tiger Rescue sanctuary. Unfortunately, due to the economic downturn, WAO, the Wild Animal Orphanage, decided to close their doors. Working...

2010-11-10 00:00:39

Wild Tiger Numbers in Steep Decline, Down from 100,000 a Century Ago to As Few As 3,200 Today Washington, DC (Vocus) November 9, 2010 Parts of at least 1,069 tigers have been seized in tiger range countries over the past decade, according to new analysis of tiger seizures carried out by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network. "Reduced to Skin and Bones" shows that from January 2000 to April 2010, parts of between 1,069 and 1,220 tigers were seized in 11 of the 13 tiger range...

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2010-11-09 11:50:00

A report released Tuesday states that the illegal trade in tiger parts has led to over 1,000 wild tigers being killed over the past decade. Traffic International, a wildlife trade monitoring network, found that skins, bones and claws were among the most common items seized by officials. It said that trade continues unabated despite efforts to protect the cats. Tiger numbers have fallen from about 100,000 individuals to just about 3,500 over the past century. The study estimates that...

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2010-10-22 12:30:00

Nature conservation body WWF said on Thursday that tigers could become extinct within 12 years, but a top level meeting in Russia next month could help reverse the decline. "The worse scenario is that the tiger could be gone when the next year of the tiger comes along, in 12 years," Ola Jennersten, head of the international nature conservation program at WWF Sweden, told the AFP news agency. The organization is leading a global campaign to attempt to double the number of tigers by 2022, when...

2010-10-13 15:48:00

STUART, Fla., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- In this "year of the tiger," the World Wildlife Fund estimates that there may be as few as 3,200 royal Bengal tigers remaining in the wild. While the exact number may be open to debate, the fact is that these magnificent big cats are increasingly rare in a world they once ruled. India has established several tiger parks as one way to protect valuable habitat critical for the tigers' survival. The parks offer the opportunity to glimpse Asia's...

2010-10-05 12:17:00

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio today joined with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW- www.ifaw.org) to announce the launch of Animal Action Week, an annual global initiative to educate and empower children around the world to stand up, speak out and help save animals. Now in its 18th year, Animal Action Week runs through Sunday, October 10, 2010. This year's theme, Born to be Wild, highlights the alarming plight of...

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2010-10-04 06:15:00

A recent study has found that tigers living in Bangladesh mangrove forests are only about half the weight of other wild Bengal tigers in South Asia. According to research by US Fish and Wildlife Service, the average weight of female tigers in the Sundarbans forests was 170 pounds. But other Bengal tigers in the wild weighed almost 310 pounds on average. A possible reason for the Sundarbans tigers being so much smaller is that they typically eat smaller deer. Researchers believe the tigers...

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2010-09-21 07:40:00

A conservationist and a team from the BBC Natural History Unit discovered a "lost" tiger population at a higher altitude than any others known, increases the chances of linking isolated groups of large cats across Asia, the BBC said on Monday. The cats were found roaming in the hills in the remote Himalayan country of Bhutan at an altitude of 13,450 feet, said the broadcaster on its website. "Tigers are thought of as jungle creatures and there is pressure on their habitats from all sides....

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2010-09-15 10:20:00

The world's tiger population has dipped below 3,500, and those that have managed to survive have been confined in a fraction of their available habitat, according to a new study published online in PLoS Biology on Tuesday. The study--which was authored by researchers at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) as well as representatives from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)/Species Survival Commission (SSC) Cat Specialist Group, the IUCN's Species Survival...


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2007-12-14 05:21:54

The Bengal is a hybrid breed of cat bred to have the markings of a wildcat but the temperament of a housecat. The Bengal is reminiscent of and named after the Asian Leopard Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis); the Bengal Tiger species is completely unrelated. It is a medium sized cat weighing around 8-10 lb for females and 15 lb for males. They are a hybrid breed developed through a program of crossbreeding domestic cats with Asian Leopard Cats over several generations. The first three...

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2007-01-19 19:10:49

The liger, is a hybrid cross between a male panthera leo (lion), and a female panthera tigris (Tiger) and is denoted scientifically as panthera leo x panthera tigris. A liger resembles a giant lion with diffused stripes. They are the largest cats in the world, although the Siberian Tiger is the largest pure breed. Like tigers, ligers enjoy swimming. The offspring of a male tiger and a female lion is called a tigon. Under exceptional circumstances it has been known for a tiger to be forced...

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2007-01-19 15:00:55

The amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) is a rare subspecies of tiger (P. tigris). Also known as the Siberian, Korean, Manchurian, or North China Tiger, it is the largest natural animal in the feline family Felidae. The amur tiger is critically endangered. In the early 1900s, it lived throughout the Korean Peninsula, northeastern Mongolia, southeastern Russia, and northeastern China. Today, it has virtually disappeared from South Korea and is largely confined to a very small part of...

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2007-01-19 14:51:36

The Sumatran Tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) is found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The wild population is estimated at between 400 and 500 animals, occurring predominantly in the island's national parks. Recent genetic testing has revealed the presence of unique genetic markers. They indicate that it may develop into a separate species, if it is not made extinct. This has led to suggestions that the Sumatran Tiger should have greater priority for conservation than any other...

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  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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