Tiger Park

New tiger park in Phuket faces tour operator backlash.


At a time when many tour operators are turning their backs on attractions that involve close human interaction with wild animals, a new tiger tourist attraction is set to open in Phuket at the end of the month.

In 2014, we banned elephant rides on all our trips, and we don’t permit any activities that allow passengers to pet or walk with wild animals, such as lion walks in South Africa. We believe that wild animals should be viewed – with no contact or interaction – doing what they do best: living in the wild.– Intrepid Travel

Called Tiger Park, the facility will house 29 tigers, including cubs, and female and male adult tigers, ranging from two months to 10 years old.

Visitors to the park will be encouraged to have their photographs taken with the tigers.


In Thailand another horror entertainment center opens its doors. Now in Phuket. It is a branche of the Tiger Park in Pattaya. You can feel, touch, hug and take photos with tigers without chains or drug control. They say.

They start with 29 tigers and expect 5000 visitors a week. With an average turnover of 50 US dollars per person this means a yearly turnover of at least US$ 13 million.

How much of this money will be invested in saving the Indochinese tiger, you think?

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Tiger economy India
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India – The New India Express
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Roaring sector that serves India like no other.


What is at the heart of India’s growth story? A plethora of economic theories would say it is our urban spaces: If the country must realise its potential and achieve the $5-trillion economy goal, rapid urbanisation must propel development.

But what if someone says it is the country’s tiger reserves that serve the economy like no other sector? A recent study that attempted to quantify economic services and benefits that tiger reserves produce should settle the issue.



What is a main driver for the Indian economy? Exactly: the tiger.

A report shows that the economical value of tiger reserves is astronomical. One tiger reserve even shows the incredible return of investment of 7500.

Can you imagine to invest one dollar and get $ 7500 back?

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Smuggling paws

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Russia – The Siberian Times

Sinister seizure of 240 Himalayan or black bear paws made in Russian Far East.


Two paws of a Siberian or Amur tiger were among the seized goods as were a pair of extinct woolly mammoth tusks.

The illegal slaughter of 60 bears is feared to obtain the grisly cargo.

‘Two Russian nationals and two foreigners have been detained,’ said a statement from the FSB security service.


240 Himalayan black bear paws, a pair of Amur tiger pawas, mammoth tusks and other undefined body parts of animals were seized by the Russian FSB.

The seizure was in Kraskino, a little town in the Russian Far East, near the Chinese border.

Two Russians and two ‘foreigners’ (probably Chinese) were arrested.

The maximum penalty in Russia is 7 years in prison.

But this is not enough. They should get 7 years for each animal killed.

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Bengal tiger

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India – Health Issues India

Traditional Chinese medicine: Regulation a must


Earlier this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) included a chapter on traditional medicine in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD) for the first time – in what many perceived to be a boon to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). 

The ICD is an influential document. In the WHO’s own words, “ICD is increasingly used in clinical care and research to define diseases and study disease patterns, as well as manage health care, monitor outcomes and allocate resources.” Its impact spans more than 100 countries. While the WHO maintains that traditional Chinese medicine is not endorsed by its inclusion in the ICD, and that its inclusion merely represents an opportunity for “optional dual coding” (i.e. integrating traditional Chinese medicine and allopathic medicine into a treatment regimen), it was not perceived that way by many – including traditional Chinese medicine practitioners themselves. 


Traditional Chinese medicine is big business in China and beyond. It is worth US$130 billion in China, home to 3,966 TCM hospitals and 45,528 TCM clinics as of 2015, as well as being a US$60 billion+ global industry spanning 180 nations.

And TCM is the main cause for the mass killing of tigers, pangolins, bears and other endangered species.

If the United Nations knows this, how on earth it is possible that the World Health Organisation (WHO) includes a chapter on TCM in its influential International Classification of Diseases (ICD).

With this the WHO is institutionalising TCM, making it even more wanted and profitable.

Ergo, making it kill even more endangered animals.

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Starving tiger

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United Kingdom – Mail Online

Starving tigers found covered in excrement in tiny cages in lorry during exhausting transfer from Italy to Russian circus are recovering in Polish zoo after dramatic rescue operation.


Nine stranded tigers who were found emaciated and dehydrated after they were shipped from Italy are slowly recovering thanks to two Polish zoos.

The tigers endured a gruelling journey through Europe last month during which a tenth feline died.

The big cats were found starving and covered in their own excrement in cages while being transported to a circus in Russia. 

But seven are now eating and have received vitamins and mineral salts at one of the zoos in Poznan, western Poland.


Thanks to the care of Polish zoo keepers 9 out of 10 in Belarus stranded tigers are doing a bit better.

Last week 10 tigers were found in an Italian truck, on its way to Russian Dagestan. The tigers were neglected all the way, without food, and were in a terrible state, most of them without the will to live (with one tiger that died).

Now they are doing better and will eventually, after they regain their strength, be transported to Spain, where they can live the rest of their lives in a special facility of St. Aap, a Dutch rescue center.

Now it is also time to seek the for the answers to important questions:

– why does Italy have tiger breeding centers?
– who is responsible for treating 10 endangered animals this way?
– who is going to pay for the costs for the recovery?
– where will the ones responsible be trialed?

We’ll keep you updated.

[see the photos and videos in the original article]

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Topeka tiger zoo cub

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Topeka tiger cubs turns one year old.


The Topeka’s Sumatran tiger cubs turn one year old this weekend. The extremely rare cubs birthday is a very special occasion for the zoo.

Activities began this morning at the zoo and ended with a behind the scenes tour of the tiger building.

The community had the chance to step up close and see how they live outside the zoo.


Zoos use a protocol to get the most publicity (=visitors) out of tiger cubs.

It starts with the pregnancy of the mother, than the labour, followed by the birth. After the birth the medical check-up is news, just like the moment they can decide the sexe. After 3 months it’s a new moment to tell the crowd they are doing fine and then after one year is the last moment to use the cubs as a magnet for visitors.

All these moments are used for press releases, invites for (local) journalists and special activities.

After one year the cubs are almost grown and not (extra) interesting anymore.

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Tiger tooth

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Thailand – Khaosod

Rare Birds, Animals Under Threat From Amulet Craze, Campaigners Warn.


Craze for helmeted hornbill heads as amulets and decorations is posing a serious to the birds’ small population in Thailand’s forests, conservation activists said Monday.

The campaigners spoke at an event where they announced a new campaign to raise awareness over the dwindling number of rare animals in the wild. They were joined by celebrities and government officials who urged Thais to eliminate the use of animal parts, such as hornbill heads, tiger teeth, and ivory.

While ivory and tiger teeth have long been targeted by poachers, a recent fad for helmeted hornbill in the black market is particularly worrying because there are only about 200 hornbills left in Thailand, according to an activist from environment group Traffic.


250,000 people in Thailand own artifacts made from tigers. More and more people think it’s cool to have some too – but campaigners warn about it.

Luckily, a revised version of the Wildlife Protection Act in Thailand will come into effect in late November. People who get busted after it can get up to 10 years in jail and/or get a fine up to 1 million baht (around 32,000 US dollars).

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Tiger women

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USA – Forbes

How Women In Business Can Avoid Tiger Traps.


A tiger trap is just what it sounds like: an effective way to strip a very powerful being of its strength and mobility. The fiercest of you out there — with your confidence, in your tiger stripes, going about your workday — probably encounter very real tiger traps that are designed to reduce your visibility and defuse your power.

It’s a vast overstatement to claim that awareness is enough to dissolve gender inequality in the workplace. But if you’re a woman, whether new to the workforce or a 40-year veteran of these challenges, you may find (as I did) that not only is awareness a great place to start, but awareness of the challenges can be contagious. Here are five of the most common tiger traps for women in the workplace, along with tips for sidestepping them.


Article that compares women with tigers. The intention of the writer is logical – tigers are known as fierce creatures – but in reality the comparison is not applicable.

– tigers and tigresses have other ways of living together than people.
– tigers don’t accept each other as equal. There is no gender equality whatsoever.
– people that think they are a tiger should think again: they are endangered, hunted down and they are always lazy, unless they want food.
– tigers can’t think 5-10 years ahead as they have to survive, every day again.

Women are fabulous creatures too. But let them be women, not tigers.

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