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Mad Aussie
04-23-2009, 06:53 AM
We learnt today that back in the 1920's there was an estimated 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days there are around 4000.
Every day around 4 or 5 tigers are killed for exotic medicines and the like. At that rate, in ten years ... tigers will be extinct in the wild.

To see these creatures in person, and know what I said above, is to understand what a blight on the earth humans have become!

Australia Zoo (Steve Irwin's zoo) collects funds and runs programs in areas where Tigers are still living wild, to help keep them alive. They also are starting a similar program for Gorilla's also.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3633/3468135932_01dd081467_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3596/3468136072_2fd21a13c0_o.jpg

Barefoot
04-23-2009, 07:31 AM
We have a pair of Siberians here at Riverbanks Zoo, but they donít lend themselves very well to any of the glass I have.

Nice captures.

AntZ
04-23-2009, 08:00 AM
Nice shots MA.

Greg_Nuspel
04-23-2009, 08:45 AM
My boys had the biggest laugh when they were young at our zoo when a Tiger sprayed a lady standing by their enclosure. She didn't seem to be enjoying it as much.

Marko
04-23-2009, 10:30 AM
Really nice shots MA - love the barbed tongue in shot 2!

Rinkdaddy
04-23-2009, 10:51 AM
The markings show up beautifully. They are amazing creatures. Nice work MA,

casil403
04-23-2009, 11:58 AM
Great work MA....great tongue detail in #2!
I saw a doc one time at the Banff Mountain Film Festival on Siberian Man-eating tigers in Russia...quite graphic.
They sure are beautiful kitties though!

JAS_Photo
04-23-2009, 12:17 PM
Beautiful photos!

Gem
04-23-2009, 01:41 PM
Nice shots, MA =D I shoudld go down to the zoo one day too...

Mad Aussie
04-23-2009, 03:30 PM
Thanks everyone.

These tigers are Sumatran I think. They had Sumatran and Bengal there.

Michaelaw
04-24-2009, 12:37 AM
Great shots of a beautiful animal endangered through its own legend, nice ones MA

Mad Aussie
04-24-2009, 02:11 AM
Thanks Michael.