Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mr. Tiger & Me

Pity and shame on me. Why? Because, actually i didn't know much about tiger. Just to make a confessions here. Since i am living in Borneo, i am not really aware about status of tigers. I was working on small mammals before and i know one of small mammals predator is tiger. But i didn't search more information about tiger. It's habitat, distribution, population status etc. I am aware about WWF efforts on Tiger Conservation but i just don't bother about it so much. Why? Because we don't have Tigers. See, my mind set is so selfish. Okay, enough talking about how insensitive i am.

However, it was great that i browse through Dr. Bala blog and found out about Tiger BlogFest. Since i was committed to participate in this event then i have to find and know more about Mr. Tiger. Let me share what did i find out about them. As i Google through the net, i find these interesting facts about tiger. This article was from WWF but not sure which web site since this was the pdf file of Tiger Facts and Trivia.  Let me see what can i share here.
Based on this info, Tiger (Panthera tigris) divided into nine subspecies ranged widely across Asia, from Turkey in the west to the eastern coast of Russia and to Indonesia in the South. With three extinct subspecies, only six subspecies left in the world. the only proof of Caspian Tiger (Panthera tigris virgata) existence is preserved specimens in museums. Indonesia has lost both Bali tiger (Panthera tigris balica) and Java tiger (Panthera tigris sondaica) in the last 50 years. last official records for both subspecies in the wild were in 1930s and 1970s, respectively.
Wow! This is really interesting findings for me since i am not really know Mr. Tiger before. It means that this is really serious. The efforts that has been made by NGOs and other agencies for tiger conservation is soooo important. Awareness of this status is really important. I hope by this post there will be more people aware of the status of tiger in the world. Three subspecies already extinct and the recent one is about 40 years ago. I am supporting Tiger Conservation efforts!!

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