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I love Tigers!

Updated on January 28, 2015
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Vladimir is a former champion ratter (retired). His hobbies are bushwalking, birdwatching and nature studies

Tyger Tyger, burning bright

What I'm going to tell you is shocking. Sadly, it's more than possible that tigers could be gone by the end of 2015. There are fewer than 5,000 tigers left!

There are about 7 million smaller cats just like me in Australia, let alone the rest of the world, so we don't really appreciate how our majestic cousins are under the hammer.

Why are the tigers close to extinction? What is essentially wrong with humans that they can so blatantly slaughter a whole species? The answer of course is money. If there is one thing that I truly deplore, it's the murder of living creatures for material gain.

What immortal hand or eye - Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

Siberian Tiger
Siberian Tiger

And what shoulder, and what art,

Could twist the sinews of thy heart?

Bengal Tiger
Bengal Tiger

Where have all the tigers gone?

Once tigers ranged from Java, Bali, southern Asia, eastern Turkey, to the eastern shores of Asia on the Okhotsk Sea, to the island of Sumatra, and to the west of India.

Today, tigers are not found west of India or on the islands of Java and Bali. The remaining tigers are in China, Southern Asia, and Russia's far east but these are mostly isolated habitats.

In what distant deeps or skies

Burnt the fire of thine eyes?

The Sale of Body Parts

Bits of tigers such as teeth, claws, skin pieces, whiskers, bones, fat and liver of a tiger are prized as medicines. Bones are still openly on sale in Indonesia, despite tough new laws designed to protect the endangered Sumatran tiger.

Tigers have long been a revered icon in Oriental culture, and tiger bone has historically been used to treat rheumatism in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

I believe that other parts of a tiger are sought by some backward males of the human species for reasons which are totally beyond me.

The Endangered Siberian Tiger

The Human Predator

Humans are the deadliest animals on the planet

The main predator of the tiger is the human.

Tigers have been trapped, poisoned and hunted heavily for skins and sources of traditional medical products. They are also hunted for sport!

Superstition has surrounded tigers for centuries. Necklaces of tiger claws are thought to protect a child from "the evil eye"; in Malaysia, tiger whiskers are considered a dreadful poison but thought to be a powerful aphrodisiac in Indonesia. In Pakistan the whiskers of a tiger are believed to be an aid in childbirth.

Humans have also altered the natural habitats of tigers by their destruction and encroachment on the tigers' feeding range; humans are destroying their habitats by cutting down trees, moving into their preferred locations, polluting the water and air, and hunting their prey.

Life After People - If you vanish tomorrow, the cats have a chance

This is an incredible 'documentary' with excellent computer-generated images of decay and the ravages of time.

I must warn you that the beginning is a little hard to watch, the discussion of the fate of domestic dogs is just heartbreaking, but it's good news for cats. If people suddenly disappear, we would take over!

The Tigers of Sumatra - Panthera tigris sumatrae

Sumatran Tiger
Sumatran Tiger

Sumatran Tigers

Sumatran tigers sit in their exhibit at a zoo in Jakarta. Laws protecting the critically endangered Sumatran Tiger have failed to prevent tiger body parts being offered on open sale.

The Sumatran Tiger is the smallest of all. Males are roughly half the weight of the Siberian Tiger and the females are smaller again.

The primary threat to this rare tiger species is encroachment by humans. Sumatra's neighboring island Java has a tremendous population of about 110 million people and every year about six hundred thousand people emigrate from Java to Sumatra. This influx is compounded by the fact that Java's population increases by two million a year. You don't have to be as smart as a cat to figure out that this huge yearly human population increase is at the expense of the Sumatran Tiger's habitat.

If nothing is done, the Sumatran Tiger will become extinct like the Java Tiger which was last seen in 1975.

The Tigers of Siberia

Siberian Tiger family

Siberian Tiger family
Siberian Tiger family

Siberian Tigers

Siberian Tigers are still in the birch forests of eastern Russia, though some exist in China and North Korea.

There are an estimated 400 to 500 Siberian tigers living in the wild. Though their northern climate is far harsher than those of other tigers, these big cats have some advantages. Northern forests offer the lowest human density of any tiger habitat, and the most complete ecosystem.

And when thy heart began to beat,

What dread hand and what dread feet?

Show your Support for Tigers

Adult Black Tee

This black Tee-shirt featuring the beautiful Bengal Tiger is called Face Off for the two tigers on either side of the front.

The shirt is 100% cotton and hand dyed. The detailed design was professionally printed and won't wash out, it's actually embedded in the fabric of the shirt.

The shirt is pre-washed, pre-shrunk and was made using water-based inks and dyes - good for the environment and free of chemicals that may harm your body!

Get your own Bengal Tiger Face Off T-Shirt
from: Australian Native T-Shirts

All comments appreciated. You don't have to be a tiger (or even a cat) to leave yours.

© 2009 Vladimir

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      Cute Baby Tigers 2 years ago

      Oh Noo! I love tigers!

      http://cutebabytigers.tumblr.com/

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      Janie2004 3 years ago

      Reading through this almost made me cry :'(

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      It's hard to believe that they might be gone so soon. That they might be gone ever is bad enough. At least Mike the Tiger at LSU is safe in this habitat.

      TonyB

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What the hell does bigcatrescue do about the tigers in Asia. They're doing bad enough in the US already.

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      Bahrns 5 years ago

      Tigers are very mystical! Everything about them are beautiful!

      I hope people will stop hunting them down...

      Nice lens! Kudos to the author!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I love tigers, too! Blessed!

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      Shana rios Chavez 5 years ago

      Great lens!!! I have a Help big cats lens that. I think you would like check it out sometime if you have time.

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      Raly1783 5 years ago

      Very sad. I have a cat rescued from the streets, I went to vet to ask her opinion (food because he was 13 hours older) and she said and I quote " why did you took him, it's natural selection, he was abandoned so he must die", of course I didn't expected an answer like this, specially from a vet (supposed to love animals). I feel sad every time when I see poor animals suffer because some "people" love to kill and seek to destroy.

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      Geeve 5 years ago

      Hi Vladi, you speak for many. As William Blake said Can I see another's woe and not be in sorrow, too? Can I see another's grief and not seek for kind relief?.

      A wonderful lens and I don't see why I shouldn't drop a well deserved blessing as I pass. :)

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      jwcooney 5 years ago

      Very nice lens with interesting information. I feel sad for the poor tigers.

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      davies86 5 years ago

      i love this lens. I really hope that it will help the tiger in some way.

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens. Very informative and kinda sad :(

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      The interaction between us humans and pretty much every other large mammalian species that has ever existed has unfortunately not been a pleasant one. If we were to drive tigers to extinction they would just join the rather depressingly long list of mammalian mega fauna that succumbed to the pressures of human interaction. Great lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congratulations on the purple star for this lens

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      hirephp lm 5 years ago

      such a very nice lens, please don't killed to tiger

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      seosmm 5 years ago

      Such beautiful creatures. Sad whats happening to them. Very nice lens!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Perhaps man should be the one in the zoo so that tigers could have a chance in the wild. Really beyond comprehension how we can allow yet another species to become extinct. So little reverence for life.

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      heehaw lm 5 years ago

      tigers should be protected and should not be harm or killed just for other purposed. i hope more people would be alerted of the endangered animals.

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      heehaw lm 5 years ago

      tigers should be protected and should not be harm or killed just for other purposed. i hope more people would be alerted of the endangered animals.

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      Matthew 5 years ago from Silicon Valley

      Great job bringing to light a terrible plight with these animals. Thank you for sharing.

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      lasertek lm 5 years ago

      I like this lens! It gives awareness to people across the world.

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      leeleon 5 years ago

      Nice pictures of tiger.

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      Kathy McGraw 5 years ago from California

      There used to be a Tiger Rescue a couple hours from me, and I saw some Siberian Tigers there, including a couple babies. It really is sad that these beautiful cats are being killed to provide parts for superstitious reasons, and for male vanity. Killing for sport to me is just as vulgar.

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      Nirmal Shah 5 years ago from India

      It's my country's national animal.

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      MaartjeJepsen 5 years ago

      I love these big cats!

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      It's a shame that so many species are becoming extinct every day or are becoming endangered. It's hard to imagine that tigers may only be relegated to a few isolated preserves.

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      David Dove 5 years ago

      Beautiful, beautiful creatures, man has created othing to compare

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      anusk1313 lm 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens ... and btw I liked the poem by William Blace. These animals are fascinating

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      Robin S 6 years ago from USA

      One of the most gorgeous of the big cats.

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      laki2lav 6 years ago

      tiger is such a beautiful animal - great lens.

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      goode006 lm 6 years ago

      I like the cats, I actually work with some big cats.

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      grafixforacause 6 years ago

      Great featured lens! We should all do our part to save these beautiful creatures.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh my, this is so sad to learn that the beautiful Tiger is near extinction. We love Tigers especially the Clemson Tigers! Beautiful photos and very informative. Thank you

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      Carol Fisher 6 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      A world without tigers in the wild - it is unthinkable but probable now so we shouldn't bury our heads in the sand and just hope it won't happen. A great page on an important subject which I've lensrolled and blessed.

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Very haunting lens about the extinction of tigers. tragic.

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      imolaK 6 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this wonderful lens about tigers. Blessed!

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      KokoTravel 6 years ago

      I love all cats... and the tiger is one that I am particularly fond of. Thanks for raising awareness!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i love tigers and i think they are all mine but i know that a million peoplelove them too but i hate the people who used to kill tigers

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Tigers are possibly the most magnificent animals on earth

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      this make me cry watchin and readin this. i kno its all true because i am doin a social studies fair project on the big cats vs. people. it is extremely sad for me to read all this stuff. its like i have a connection with the tigers. i hav always loved them, ever since i was 4. i try all i can to help the big cats of our world.

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      So sad to hear tiger are that close to becoming extinct. I hope your bringing attention to this helps in some way to slow the process. Bless by an Angel today and featured on Pay It Forward - My Life As An Angel.

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      biglnet 7 years ago

      Great lens. It's true and so sad that we, man, will destroy this beautiful creature.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Is this true? If so then shame on human civilization and the people controlling the system. I hate greedy corporations/banks/government. Their the cause for all the corruption. fuck the nwo. fuck em. It's disgusting how many people are system whores who can't see past the disgusting system we support. The minions that try to keep everybody in line. its pathetic!

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      kimmanleyort 8 years ago

      VIL, VLAD!

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      oneskms 8 years ago

      Absolute great lens

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      ginnyl52 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I lensrolled you on 2 of mine.... Keep up the good work!

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      Stephen Carr 8 years ago from Corona, CA

      Tigers rock! 5 paws!

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      ctavias0ffering1 8 years ago

      And you chose one of my favourite poems from William Blake too. Beautiful lens about beautiful creatures 5* and a sprinkling of Angel Dust

      And a strangely appropriate captcha word for a cat's lens ... nooklick

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      A lens that is both heart breaking and beautiful. We have a couple of big cat parks not far from where we live but I would far rather see these animals thriving in the wild.

      SquidAngel Blessings for you.

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Most excellent lens, Vladi.