Mark Ryan Darmarai from Malaysia has scooped top prize as the overall winner in the BBC Wildlife Magazine Camera-trap Photo of Year 2010 awards winning $3,000 for WWF-Malaysia’s Tiger Conservation Programme after finishing first in the Animal Portrait class. His captivating picture (above) of the tigress and her adolescent cub investigating Mark’s trap were part of a survey by the World Wildlife Fund Malaysia Tiger Conservation Programme
“Help WWF tighten regulations to protect captive tigers in the U.S. and prevent increased demand for tiger products that put wild populations at risk.
At present, there is currently no way to determine how many captive tigers are in the U.S., where they are, who owns them, or what happens to them when they die. This makes them an easy target for black market sales, stimulating demand for tiger products and further threatening wild populations by putting them at increased risk of poaching. Join our petition asking the U.S. government to close the existing loopholes and require registration and monitoring of all captive tigers.”
“Russian Tiger Habitat Gets a Boost With Protection of Key Tree Species
The Russian government has introduced measures to protect Korean Pine, a key species found in Amur Tiger habitat in the Russian Far East, WWF and TRAFFIC announced. Rising global demand for Korean Pine has led to a massive increase in logging, much of it carried out illegally in Russia’s remaining temperate forests.
Around 400 Amur Tigers survive in the native Korean Pine forests of the Russian Far East and north-east China, where the pine nuts are an essential food source for tiger prey species.
“The fate of the Amur Tiger is inextricably linked to the safeguard of the Korean Pine,” said Pauline Verheij, joint TRAFFIC and WWF Tiger Trade Program Manager.
A white tiger cub is pictured during a medical examination at the Serengeti Safari Park in the northern German village of Hodenhagen, August 3, 2010. Four tiger cubs, who have not yet been named, were born on July 14, 2010 at the private safari park. (Morris Mac Matzen/Reuters)
To “honor” South Africa as host of the 2010 World Cup, an Arizona restaurant has decided to offer their customers the option to order lion burgers.
“We thought that since the World Cup was in Africa …that the lion burger might be interesting for some of our more adventurous customers.”
The restaurant owner also said that, although many people were outraged at the idea of serving up the majestic (and endangered) animals in burgers, some were less upset when he explained that meat comes form lions raised on a farm in Illinois.
Despite the fact that they’re not killing the lions in the wild, this brings up a whole new issue. Ecorazzi makes a good point:
“It’s difficult to determine what the real story is here—that a restaurant is serving King of the Jungle burgers or that there is a farm in Illinois that raises the big cats for human consumption. No matter, the decision to serve meat from a threatened species as a tribute to an international soccer—or football, depending on your locale—event is mind-boggling.”
More troubling is the fact that, according to the Chicago Tribune, no one can seem to find the farm.
A farmed tiger being smuggled from Thailand
CNN has reported that the meat actually came from a butcher shop whose owner has been fined and jailed for selling lion meat - which (sadly) is legal - that actually proved to be meat form critically endangered tigers, which is most definitely not legal under any circumstances.