Friday Photo: 23 May

May 23rd, 2014 at 8:02 am by Chthoniid

Last expedition to China was a success in many ways.  While it was mostly about the legal and illegal ivory markets we got a break up north to do some -time.  The early Spring thaw had started so some of the local cats were happy to get some sunshine. Amur (or Siberian) tigers tend to have a thicker coat than the subspecies located further south…

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4 Responses to “Friday Photo: 23 May”

  1. johnwellingtonwells (137 comments) says:

    Winston has Horan in his sights

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  2. Elaycee (4,356 comments) says:

    Where were you in China, Chthoniid? Was this taken in a sanctuary / aren’t they under threat?

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  3. wikiriwhis business (3,883 comments) says:

    Absolutely beautiful. This cat is completely at ease. The open mouth tells us this. When a cats mouth is closed and it is focused it is on high alert. This baby is having a beautiful stroll

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  4. Chthoniid (2,035 comments) says:

    @Elaycee

    Where were you in China, Chthoniid? Was this taken in a sanctuary / aren’t they under threat?

    The very north of China- the Siberian part of China. It was taken in a protected area. In recent years both Russia and China have expanded the reserves for tigers. And cooperated more to establish trans-boundary connections. It’s a little known fact that most of Russia’s Siberian tigers are migrants from China after the Soviets tried exterminating their own populations in the 1940s.

    The Amur tiger population is stable at the moment, but there are some issues to work through. It has a narrow genetic base and is susceptible to canine distemper. Poaching seems to be low and sustainable. Another interesting move is the return of Amur tigers to the Korean peninsular. S Korea is establishing a large fenced reserve in its central mountain region.

    Other populations are doing less well. Indo-Chinese tiger has taken a hammering. Sumatran is well, most likely to be extinct in wild the soonest. Nepal has rebuilt their (Bengal) populations after the havoc of the Maoist People War.

    S China tiger looks like it will be released into the wild in China in next few years, using some animals rewilded in S Africa.

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