Tigers as pets, tigers in the wild, equal

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright: Courtesy madcovv
Tyger! Tyger! burning bright: Courtesy madcovv

I was amazed today when I cracked open my new copy of Harper's Magazine. In the Harper's Index feature I discovered this chilling fact about our dwindling world tiger population. There are about as many tigers living in the wild around the world as there are living as pets in the US?! That's simply absurd. These wild animals were not meant to be domesticated and keeping them as pets won't help grow their numbers in the wild.

However, searching around on this topic did lead me to a rather interesting blog focusing on the issues of conservation, specifically through the lens of finance. They recently highlighted China's unique efforts at tiger conservation, which involve breeding tigers in China and shipping them to a fenced-in preserve in South Africa. But most interestingly this blog focusses on some real world situations that can be solved within our current economic system. According to the blog's author:

Good intentions are not enough. We need business models that are financially, institutionally and technically viable, based on evidence, and provide incentives to encourage biodiversity conservation.

I couldn't agree more, so head on over to the Conservation Finance blog and specifically their posts on wildlife conservation to learn more.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

mdr's picture
mdr says:

I've had a special interest in tigers ever since I worked at the zoo in Duluth, Minnesota for a summer. The tiger there had just given birth and I got to bottle-feed the cubs. They were really strong for their size, their paws were as big as my hand. You could only imagine how powerful their mother was. Over the summer as the cubs grew, the zoo keepers would let them out in the visitors' area while I swept up after closing. The cubs would chase me around and jump playfully at the broom and my legs. It was a great experience, and something I'll never forget.

posted on Sun, 09/17/2006 - 5:00pm
petlover24's picture
petlover24 says:

hey i would love tigeres back in the freedom of the willdreness in stead of your back yard

posted on Wed, 03/05/2008 - 10:16am

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