Shut Down China's Heilongjiang Northeast Tiger Forest Park
  • Petitioned Hu Jintao, President Of The People's Republic Of China

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Shut Down China's Heilongjiang Northeast Tiger Forest Park

    1. Ruth McD
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      Ruth McD

      Redmond, OR

 

Tigers are exceedingly rare. They're also very solitary creatures. So why are there 11 of them gathered in this photograph?

These aren't your typical tigers. The cats you see here live in China's Heilongjiang Northeast Tiger Forest Park, the largest Siberian tiger breeding base on Earth. When it was founded in the mid eighties, the Park had only 8 tigers. Today, that number is estimated by some to be upwards of 800.

New Scientist's Rowan Hooper writes:

The Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) - also known as the Amur tiger - is classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List. Most of the estimated 400 Siberian tigers in the wild are in Russia, with a few in China. The wild ones, not unlike those in this tiger park, are heavily inbred, having passed through a genetic bottleneck in the 20th century, during which 95 per cent of all tigers were killed.

This means that although the Chinese park contains hundreds of Siberian tigers, and there are those wild ones in Russia, the population's genetic diversity - which is a good guide to its vulnerability to extinction - is equivalent to that of just 14 individuals.

 

These tigers live, hunt, play, and even feed together, taking meals from trained caretakers, prowling for young steers that are released into the park, and chasing down live chickens, which tourists can pay to fling at the massive predators.

Read more over on New Scientist and IBTraveler

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    • Scott VanderMolen LAS VEGAS, NV
      • over 2 years ago

      China's insanity needs to stop!

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    • Freda Dominy NEWCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      close this place down this is so bad its overcrowded and not good for these beautiful animals , going of the chinese people very quickly

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    • J D CHRISTIANSBURG, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is just another way to exploit these magnificent animals. They may have to stay where they are. They are so use to humans, if they were in the wild, they would walk right up to poachers. Maybe, a better sanctuary that does not use them for public entertainment.

      Jackie

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    • Tina Dueholm HOLMEGAARD, DENMARK
      • over 2 years ago

      Yet another cruel face of China. I will never go to China as tourist and tell my friends and family to do the same.

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    • animal lover CUMBRIA, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      THIS IS AWFUL. PLEASE SIGN

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