Spotting tigers

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India – Business Insider

Ranked: India's Most Popular Tiger Reserves — And The Chances Of Spotting The Majestic Wild Cat.


With only 3,890 tigers left in the world, it is next to impossible to spot wild cats in their natural habitat.
Those to venture to, require a lot of time, and a bit of luck. Changing habitation, wildlife poaching, and other human activities have been too harsh to the tiger population around the world. In the past century, three out of every nine tiger subspecies became extinct. India, which is home to more than half the population of tigers in the world has been working hard to conserve them.
According to the government, their population increased from 2,226 in 2014 to 2,967 in 2018.
Those who want to spot a tiger, can try them at over 40 sanctuaries and tiger reserves in the country.


Tigers are becoming more and more popular in India. This is good news because they always say “the more eyes, the better” – as tourists have a preventing effect on poaching.

However, the role of media (also social media) is important. Stories or messages about the exact whereabouts of a tiger can lead to activation of poachers.

So please be careful when you see a tiger and want to share your joy with your friends and family – as poachers scan social media as well.

Kansas tigers

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3 Amur Tigers Born At Kansas Zoo.


The Rolling Hills Zoo in Salina announced the births of three Amur tiger cubs born on Aug. 14.

Amur tigers are classified as an endangered species on the IUCN list.

The cubs’ parents, Andrea and Dhenuka, came to Rolling Hills Zoo on a breeding recommendation by the Tiger Species Survival Plan developed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, of which Rolling Hills Zoo is an accredited member.


The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in the US has a “Tiger Species Survival Plan” as they call it.

In reality none of the tigers in this plan is trained or raised to be released back into the wild. Or for that matter – never was released back into the wild.

This program is merely an excuse to breed tigers for their zoos so more people come visit the zoo. As tigers – and especially tiger cubs – are extreme money makers for zoos.

Badri White Tiger

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India – The Hans India

White Tiger Dies Of Tumour At Zoo.


A 14-year-old white tiger named Badri born in Tirupati Zoo died in Nehru Zoological Park while undergoing treatment for a tumour.

The zoo authorities informed that it was undergoing treatment for inflammation on the right side of the sub-mandibular region, below ear for last one month, and also for swelling of the cheek below the ear on account of suspected tumor.


Within two weeks a second white tiger dies in the same zoo, the Tirupati Zoo died in Nehru Zoological Park in India.

It is said that a tumour was the cause. A post-mortem will show the official cause of death.

Colchester zoo cub

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United Kingdom – East Anglican Daily Times



Three super-cute rare tiger cubs have now been named, following a vote by visitors to Colchester Zoo.

The winning names for the adorable trio are Mischa, Pasha and Tatána.

The zoo said on Facebook: “A huge thank you to all our visitors who helped to decide the names with donations that raised over £1,200 for our charity Action for the Wild!


This Colchester zoo – like most zoos – need visitors and the biggest attraction (read: moneymaker) is always a tiger. And more preferably: tiger cubs. In this case the zoo can even show 3 tiger cubs to the public.

Now visitors donated 1200 pounds to a conservation program. And the zoo uses media to tell about.

With an estimated 9 million pound in profits this doesn’t even look ridiculous, it is ridiculous.

Vinay tiger

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India – The Hans India

Bengal White Tiger Dies At Age Of 21.


A Royal Bengal Tiger, a white male named Vinay, born in Nehru Zoological Park and aged about 21 years and 6 months, died on August 5, disclosed the zoo authorities on Tuesday.

Born to father Murugan and mother Karuna, Vinay was suffering from old age-related complications and was lame since May 2018. The animal was kept in the off-display facility for the past 5 years due to old age.


Old white tiger dies in India zoo from old age (21 years).

Shanghai tiger

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China – Shine

Now, Visit Animal Kingdom At Night.


Pudong’s Shanghai Wild Animal Park will stay open at night — until 9pm — from August 8, allowing visitors to explore the magic and glamour of the animal world after sunset.

Many wild animals are active during the night as they sleep in the day, and visitors only get to see nocturnal creatures and some fierce animals in a state of slumber in daytime, the park operator said.

“The night zoo will display another side of the lives of various wild creatures,” said Zhong Yi, deputy general manager of the park.

“Animals like tiger, lion, raccoon, Central American tapir and anteater are active at night, and they seek food or do exploring and washing,” he explained.


The zoo in Sjanghai now opens up for the night to profit more from the night economy – to see even more tigers fighting for meat.

Not only does it mean that tigers are now exposed longer to annoying people but there is also a lightshow – with effects on their behavior.

This means even more pressure on the tigers.

Taj Safaris tiger

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India – Travel Trends Today

Taj Safaris Celebrates the Increase of Tigers in India.


Taj Safaris celebrates the increase in the number of tigers from 2,226 in 2014 to 2,967 in 2018 census of National Tiger Conservation Authority.

As India’s first and only safari circuit in Madhya Pradesh, guests of Taj Safaris now have a higher chance of sighting the Bengal Tiger as the recent census shows that the central state of Madhya Pradesh has the highest tiger population in India with 526 tigers.


Big tourist chain celebrates the rise in tigers. But what do they actually do – besides earning money?

Tiger Zoya

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USA – Minot Daily News (text), Mandi Sorenson (photo – via Twitter)

Young Amur Tiger To Arrive At Minot Zoo Shortly.


The Oklahoma City Zoo staff is saying goodbye to Zoya, a female Amur tiger, who will be arriving at her new home at Minot’s Roosevelt Park Zoo shortly.

Jennifer Kleen, executive director of the Minot Zoo Crew, said when Zoya arrives here she will go through quarantine for a time before she can be seen by the public. She will eventually move into the new tiger facility to be opened at the zoo later this year, Kleen said.

The Minot zoo has two Amur tigers – Viktor, a 7-year-old tiger, and Krapinka, a 19-year-old tiger.


Zoya, an Amur tigress, is being traded with another zoo – again – to prevent her from mating with Sumatran tigers at the Oklahoma zoo.

Now she is moving to the Minot’s Roosevelt Park Zoo, where she will probably get pregnant from the other -male- Amur tiger present.

That means cubs – publicity – visitors – money.

Fota zoo tiger

An  wildlife park is celebrating the purr-fect boost with the birth of a rare male Sumatran tiger cub.

Fota Wildlife Park in Cork confirmed the birth of the cub to tiger parents Dourga, an eight year old female, and Denar, a seven year old male.

The as-yet-unnamed cub is the second to be born at the east Cork facility since the endangered cat species arrived in 2014.

A cub born in 2017, a female named Dharma, thrived at Fota and was subsequently transferred to Edinburgh Zoo to help anchor their breeding programme.

Sumatran tigers are the rarest tiger species in the world – and Fota’s escalating breeding programme is viewed as critical to their long-term survival.

Tiger cuddling

The starting point is Lion Yard on Sunday between 8am and 9am and participants are encouraged to dress as tigers.

Join the nine-mile walk from Cambridge city centre out to Shepreth Wildlife Park on ‘Tiger Day’. Anyone who feels like dressing up and getting some exercise is welcome.

There is no joining fee, all For Tigers – the organisers – ask is that walkers raise £50 in sponsorship prior to walking.

This is a fun activity, perfect for all the family, and at the end of it are two gorgeous Sumatran tigers Ratna and Kelabu now living in Shepreth Wildlife Park.

Funds raised from this event will be buying materials to directly improve the lives of 20 tigers confiscated from Tiger Temple by the Thai Department of National Parks (DNP).

Wooden platforms, logs and sandpits will all be provided in order to improve the concrete cages these tigers live in.

Elmwood park zoo tiger

A Montgomery County zoo will be adding an exhibit for the largest cat in the world after receiving a donation from a garbage collection service. The Elmwood Park Zoo announced Thursday the J.P. Mascaro & Sons Foundation donated $2 million for the addition of a brand new Amur tiger exhibit.

Amur tigers, also known as Siberian tigers, are the largest cats in the world and are a highly threatened species.

The Elmwood Park Zoo says the tigers can still be found in parts of the forest in eastern Russia, parts of China, and possibly North Korea.

Milwaukee zoo tiger

If she could, Amanda Ista, a zookeeper at the Milwaukee County Zoo, would make sure every visitor to the zoo got a personalized tour from one of the keepers.

Why? Because a chance to get up close and personal with the animals is awesome? Yes.

But also because the zoo is more than just a fun place to go. Its main purpose is to support and educate about animal conservation.

“One-on-one connections are so important,” Ista said. “Small group tours are catching on at zoos because that’s how we build that generation of people that care enough about the animals to help us help them.”

Zoya tiger

A tiger at the Oklahoma City Zoo is set to leave for her new home in North Dakota soon.

Zoya, a female Amur tiger cub, was born on July 10, 2017 (see picture), at the Philadephia Zoo. However, she was rejected by her mother and caregivers knew they had to find her an opportunity to grow up with other tigers.

As a result, the Oklahoma City Zoo offered to attempt to integrate Zoya with a litter of Sumatran tiger cubs that were born at the zoo one day before Zoya’s birth.

Officials say that although Sumatran and Amur tigers are different subspecies, they look the same as cubs.

Amazingly, Zoya integrated “perfectly” in the zoo’s Sumatran tiger group with surrogate mom Lola and her foster brothers, Ekoa, Ramah and Gusti.


Bridgeport tigers

A $2.5 million gift — really an IOU from the city to the Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo — helped Mayor Joseph Ganim become a hero among tiger lovers.

But it had some supporters of the cash-strapped school district ready to pounce.

“I wish the mayor loved our students as much as he loves tigers, or at least pretends he does,” said an incensed Joe Sokolovic, secretary of the city’s Board of Education.

Hima Das tiger cub

A six-month-old Royal Bengal Tiger was named after the ace runner, Hima Das. Indian sprinter Hima Das has been winning plaudits from all corners with her five back-to-back gold medals in less than a month.

Now in honour of her stunning performance, on World Tiger Day, a six-month-old cub has been named after the ace sprinter. 

A baby Royal Bengal tiger in Karnataka’s Bannerghatta Biological Park has been named in the honour of 2018 Asian Games gold medallist.

The executive director of the state-run zoo, Vanashree Vipin Singh, made the announcement while revealing the zoo’s plans and initiative to celebrate the special occasion. The executive director of the state-run zoo, Vanashree Vipin Singh, made the announcement on Sunday.

T&D tiger
Topeka Zoo tiger

Topeka Zoo Raising Awareness Of Tiger Extinction Around The World For Global Tiger Day.

There are only 400 Sumatran Tigers left around the world, and the Topeka Zoo wants to help raise awareness of their extinction.

For Global Tiger Day, the zoo set up arts, crafts and signs for people who walked by the Sumatran Tiger area. Raising peoples awareness that Sumatrans, as well as other tigers around the world, are in danger. In danger of being hunted, poached and being killed for rugs.

The zoo said while the day was about the tigers, changing our ways of life can help every animal in the world.

Roosevelt zoo tiger

International Tiger Day Events Planned At Zoo.

Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot will observe International Tiger Day on Monday with special activities from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

International Tiger day, also called Global Tiger Day, is a celebration to raise awareness for tiger conservation, held annually on July 29.

The Minot zoo’s two Amur tigers (once known as Siberian tigers) are considered an endangered species, according to zoo information. They are one of the largest cats in the world.


Beardsley Zoo celebrates International Tiger Day.

Monday is International Tiger Day, meant to raise awareness about tigers across the globe.A post on the Beardsley Zoo Facebook page cites information from National Geographic showing that, in the last century, tiger numbers fell from 100,000 to 3,200, and they now live in only 7 percent of their historical range.

In honor of the tigers and their plight, the zoo is giving away tiger bookmarks at the front gate Monday, and zoo staff will make a special announcement at noon in front of the tiger habitat. Come see Chang, Reka and Zeka, and learn more about the Amur tiger, and the threats to its survival.

Mysuru zoo tiger

World Tiger Day At Mysuru Zoo Tomorrow.

Mysuru zoo is celebrating World Tiger Day on July 29 and the zoo management has urged visitors to make use of the opportunity to learn facts about the big cat. Attractive information boards with fun facts about tigers will be displayed in front of the tiger enclosure on the premises from 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.


Tiger Day is observed every year to promote a global system of protecting the natural habitats of tigers and to raise awareness and support tiger conservation issues.

Seneca zoo tiger

Seneca Park Zoo Celebrates World Tiger Day.

Seneca Park Zoo hosted World Tiger Day on Saturday to celebrate the largest cat species and raise awareness of the threats tigers face on an everyday basis in nature.

Guests learned all about the largest cat species, including the zoo’s 14-year old female Amur tiger Katya, through a training session and keeper chat, an enrichment demonstration, biofacts, and games.

The zoo hosted interactive stations to teach guests about tiger adaptations that help them thrive in their natural habitat, and the ways people can help save the endangered species.

For a donation to tiger conservation, guests were able to enter drawings to win a one-of-a-kind painting made by Katya, an enrichment item that Katya has enjoyed, or a reusable shopping bag.

Twycross zoo tiger ITD

Celebrate International Tiger Day This Monday 29th At Twycross Zoo.

Twycross Zoo is taking part in their first-ever International Tiger Day on Monday 29th July and is calling families to make a stand for conservation and help raise awareness of these endangered animals.

Not only that, the first 400 children to visit the midlands zoo in stripes will get their hands on a FREE* Tiger toy! (400 to mark less than 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild).

Earlier this summer the midlands zoo welcomed Sumatran tigers Jahly and Sialang who have taken residence of a brand new purpose-built Sumatran tiger habitat – the biggest in the UK – featuring hot rocks, two pools and a 15m² glass tunnel that visitors can walk through to see tigers from all angles!


Zoo Knoxville Celebrates World Tiger Day.

Zoo Knoxville celebrated World Tiger Day with its Malayan tigers Arya, Bashir and Tanvir.

The zoo hosted several activities with their tigers, including pole climbing and throwing a tasty watermelon into their pool.

Zookeepers with the Asian Trek exhibit said activities like these help simulate the hunting tigers would do in the wild.

Chester zoo tiger

BOOK your TICKETS to come and see us soon!

It’s International Tiger Day on 29 July!

Have you ever wondered what kind of work Chester zoo do with tigers in the wild and what we can do to help them from home?

Drop by our Sumatran tiger habitat where our zoo ranger team will be talking all things tiger with skulls and other interesting artefacts.

There will be various free activities to take part in from 10.30am – 12pm and 3pm – 4.30pm (normal zoo admission applies).

T&D tiger

Snyder County Animal Refuge Ready for International Tiger Day.

A zoo in Snyder County is getting ready to celebrate one of its most popular species.

At T & D’s Cats of the World, lions and tigers are all around.

At the end of this month, the spotlight will be on nine of T & D’s most popular residents: the tigers. The zoo is getting ready to celebrate International Tiger Day.

“It started in 2010 by an organization and now a lot of zoos have adopted it to make awareness about tigers,” explained Jennifer Mattive.

International Tiger Day is July 29. T & D’s Cats of the World is having a celebration on Sunday, July 28.

Berani tiger

Two beloved zoo animals have been euthanased after suffering health related issues.

Auckland Zoo’s had to say a “very difficult goodbye” to their last Sumatran tiger after it developed a chronic illness.

This morning the zoo announced the 11-year-old tiger Berani (Malay for brave) was euthanased after he began exhibiting signs of discomfort and stress in early January.

“Over the past three to four months, he began to show symptoms of a more serious illness – including loss of appetite, diarrhoea, weight loss, and further changes to his behaviour,” the zoo said.

Ukrainian tiger cub

An Amur tiger cub was born in the zoo of the town of Mykolaiv in the south of Ukraine ahead of International Tiger Day which is celebrated on July 29, according to the press service of the zoo on Monday.

“A couple of Amur tigers Helios and Penelope became the parents to a cub in Mykolaiv Zoo just before the International Tiger Day, which is celebrated annually on July 29. It is still impossible to see the baby, we need to wait a bit as the cub grows up,” read the message of the zoo.

Five Amur tigers live in the zoo in the south of Ukraine counting the newborn cub on July 22.

Tiger Satu

The Houston Zoo’s 18-year-old Malayan tiger died last night.

Satu lived a long life, one that lasted longer than her median life expectancy, which in the wild would have been eight to 12 years, the zoo said.

The carnivore staff and veterinary team made the decision to euthanize Satu on Monday night. The staff members said her quality of life began to decline.

Brunon tiger

Witness the awe-inspiring act of Brunon Blaszak’s Royal Tiger Show at this year’s Cattaraugus County Fair through Aug. 4.

Among this year’s free grounds entertainment, the act is part of Blaszak’s “Fang and Claw” tour. The show features Blaszak’s eight magnificent Royal Bengal, Siberian and Sumatran tigers that walk the tight wire and perform choreographed leaping, jumping and dancing.

The act offers performances that are educational, informative and exciting — all with a conservation message. Blaszak said a big part of his show is educating people about tigers. His is not a typical act like people would see at a circus; it’s more informative and educational.

Bridgeport tiger

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim announced that the city is pledging $2.5 million to be used for the construction of a new habitat for the Amur tigers at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo.

The city’s pledge is the latest input for the tiger habitat fundraising efforts, which kicked off last November with a $1 million pledge by philanthropist Pamela Kochiss Werth. At a ceremony announcing the city’s contribution, the zoo named Ganim an “Official Hero for Tiger Conservation.”

“This is the state’s only zoo,” said Ganim, adding that Connecticut residents “need to know what a great place this is for young people and, as P.T. Barnum said, children of all ages to come and enjoy. It’s a great opportunity to share wildlife and nature.”

ITD foto of tiger
Nearly a decade since 13 tiger range countries came together in St. Petersburg, Russia owing to double the big cat population by 2022, their goal seems nowhere in sight. In fact, India’s efforts to protect tigers is in some ways a victim of its own success.

Take for instance, a disturbing video shot in the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve of Uttar Pradesh recently, showed the local villagers brutally trashing a six-year-old tigress. It is believed that the tigress has injured nine people and hence the villagers decided to kill the animal.

Future for tigers uncertain

An adult tiger from Pilibhit Tiger Reserve in Uttar Pradesh brutally beaten to death by villagers on July 24; 12 tigers dying due to electrocution in last 2.5 years and 5 tigers being poisoned to death in last six months in Maharashtra alone.

These are just indicators about the threats tigers face and also raises doubts whether conservation is heading in right direction. Even if figures released by Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI), a NGO working for wildlife law enforcement, are considered, there is spurt in tiger body parts seizures indicating rise in poaching. In 2018, of the 104 tiger deaths recorded in India, 43 were unnatural including 34 due to poaching, 4 shot dead or killed by villagers and 3 dying in accidents.

“Till July 25 this year, 76 tiger deaths have been recorded, more than 70% of the total deaths in 2018. These include 31 due to poaching,” says Tito Joseph, programme coordinator of WPSI. The figures indicate that the highest-tiger-holding status with India is itself a challenge for tiger conservation.

The county’s tiger habitats are under critical conditions facing tremendous anthropogenic as well as development pressure as a result of which tigers are killed in human attacks, poaching, human-centric acts and linear projects. “Tigers could not even adopt natural behaviour for survival or avoid internal specie competition due to loss of large natural forest cover.

Even fragmented forest patches are hardly available for their survival. This is the biggest challenge India faces to manage tiger populations,” says Prafulla Bhamburkar, coordinator of Maharashtra, Wildlife Trust of India (WTI). This year, Maharashtra lost 15 tigers, of which 6 deaths were due to poisoning (3 in Chimur) and 3 due to body parts seizure after electrocution in Bhandara district. The state is second to neighbouring Madhya Pradesh which lost 17 tigers in last 7 months.

Striped lion

When the Global Tiger Recovery Program (GTRP) was rolled out in 2010, it announced the exigency and intent in rather dramatic terms.

The programme, endorsed in the St Petersburg Declaration on Tiger Conservation, was billed as the “last best hope for tigers”. Inaction could lead to extinction of the “world’s most magnificent species”, the programme’s executive summary had warned. Nine years into the ambitious programme, designed over the period between 2010 and 2022, the intent appears to have translated to a rise in the number of big cats in India, one of the 13 Tiger Range Countries (TRCs) in the GTRP.

The TRCs’ shared goal of doubling the number of tigers globally by 2022 could still be viewed as unrealistic but conservationists see in these numbers a possibility to optimise ongoing efforts — in restoring a depleted prey base, reviving habitats, building new resources for site-specific strategies and more crucially, in improving protection of forests with minimal conflict.

Y V Jhala, scientist at the Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India, sees in the task for 2022 a “good target for politicians” to work toward and feels that the post-2010 thrust has, despite setbacks in some of the TRCs, had impressive returns. The senior scientist is working on the 2018 tiger census, a project that monitors the status of tigers, co-predators, prey and their habitat in India. The report is scheduled to be released by the end of July.

China tigers

China is using cutting-edge technologies including Artificial Intelligence (AI) and big data to monitor endangered Amur tigers and leopards, experts said at the International Forum on Tiger and Leopard Transboundary Conservation in Harbin, Northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province on Sunday.

“Infrared cameras, AI and big data have helped us improve the establishment of a database of Amur tigers and leopards,” Jiang Guangshun, a deputy director of the Natural Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA), said at the forum.

“For example, the infrared camera can detect the tiger, and then AI will help analyze the tiger species, the weight and height, which will be marked in the database.”

Jiang noted the number of Amur tigers and leopards is increasing under the protection of China.

Daily Star tiger

Research estimates there are fewer than 4,000 of the big cats left in the wild. A century ago there were around 80,000.

The crisis is blamed on poachers and trophy hunters. Economic development is also a major factor in their decline because it ruins their habitat.

Campaigner Martin Hughes-Games has been studying the tiger count in India, which accounts for 60% of those left.

He said: “India is a country that’s industrialising incredibly fast. There are roads and railway lines and industries everywhere you look.

Sariska tiger ecology

The recent spate of tiger deaths in Sariska Tiger Reserve, the last one being reported on 8 June 2019 (Suri 2019), does not augur well for big cat conservation in the country. It also brings into question the efficacy of the tiger reintroduction programme in the reserve that began in 2008. It is important to explore not only the immediate causes of tiger deaths, but also the long-term factors, given the chronic, larger challenges of wildlife conservation in a developing country like India. 

Poaching and Local Extinction

Sariska, an 866 sq km protected area located in the Aravalli Hills of Rajasthan, became the epicentre of conservation debates in early 2005, soon after tigers were reported to have disappeared from there as a result of poaching (Shahabuddin 2010: 1–4). At the time, government reports suggested that the last few tigers had been poached with the connivance of resident Gujjar villagers in Sariska ( 2005; Gupta 2005; Environmental Justice Atlas 2019). Subsequently, a number of arrests were made and the reserve was blocked off to the public and researchers for investigations. Swift governmental action largely focused on poaching, and attempted to solve the issue by stepping up protective measures and amending the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 to enhance punitive regulations (Shahabuddin 2010: 5).

Dreamworld tiger GTD

It’s a big weekend of activity for Dreamworld, as they celebrate Global Tiger Day.

While the international day isn’t until Monday, Dreamworld have a jam-packed weekend in store for visitors.

There’s a scavenger hunt, face painting, colouring-in, demonstrations, games and interactive experiences.

Pradhumanpark Zoo in Rajkot tigers

The four white tiger cubs born in April this year at Pradhumanpark Zoo in Rajkot have now been kept in an open enclosure for public viewing.

White tigress Gayatri had given birth to these cubs after mating with tiger Diwakar in captivity. On Thursday the cubs are seen playing with their mother in their new open enclosure. Zoo officials said that the cubs will soon become the main attraction for the zoo visitors.

Baraboo tiger

Circus World tiger trainer Ryan Holder plans to introduce two new members of his family this weekend at his second annual after-hours fundraiser to help protect wild tigers.

Born in a United States zoo, two 8-month-old female tigers have joined the eight other cats in Holder’s ShowMe Tigers “family.”

They will make their public debut during “An Evening with Tigers” Saturday at Baraboo’s circus museum in celebration of Global Tiger Day. Tickets to the event are $50 apiece, with all of the proceeds donated to the International Elephant Foundation for its patrolling activities in Way Kambas National Park in Sumatra, Indonesia, Holder said.