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.

Gazipur zoo tiger

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Bangladesh – BD News 24

Tiger Dies ‘After Eating Monitor Lizard’ In Bangladesh Safari Park.


The big cat, one of four born together in the park, stopped eating and became drowsy after it had eaten a large monitor lizard some days ago, the park’s Acting Supervisor Md Tobibur Rahman told bdnews24.com on Friday.

It was tranquilised and given treatment, but could not be seen for some days, he said.

The animal was found dead on a path inside the section for tigers last Monday afternoon, the supervisor said.



A tiger in a Bangladesh zoo (Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park in Gazipur) dies suddenly.

Supervisor and livestock officer think it died after eating a lizard or being bitten by a snake.

The post-mortem didn’t clarify the cause of death. Samples are set to a research centre in Dhaka.

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.

Priyanka tiger

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India – Odisha Sun Times

Tigress ‘Priyanka’ Dies At Odisha Zoo.


A pal of gloom descended over Nanadankanan Zoological Park (NZP) after tigress ‘Priyanka’ died here this morning.

The 19-year-old tigress was suffering from age related ailments for past two years. She breathed last on premises of the wildlife habitat.


Priyanka, a 19 year old tigress in a zoo in Odisha, was suffering from age related ailments for the past two years and died on Monday.

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).

Zoo tiger

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United Kingdom – The Sun

Inside The ‘World’s Worst’ Zoo Where Painfully Thin Elephants Suffer Mental Breakdowns And Tigers Are Kept In Filthy Cages By Cruel Thai Keepers.


Harrowing footage has emerged from inside the world’s ‘worst zoo’ where elephants suffer mental trauma and bears are dumped in filthy pits.

Footage taken just last week shows painfully thin elephants chained up while rocking their heads from side-to-side in a clear sign of ”psychological distress”.

The animals are then paraded around the park before being made to play football to entertain mainly overseas visitors.

The upsetting clip comes just months after zookeepers were filmed stabbing the elephants with sharp spikes and forcing tigers to pose for pics at the park is Thailand.


Inside the ‘world’s worst zoo’ in Thailand: the Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm in Bangkok.

Here tigers, elephants and crocodiles have to live in terrible conditions to entertain people, in order to make money for the owners.

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.

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.”

Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali

Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali today made a public call to all Malaysians to help with tiger conservation works as an effort to preserve the population of Malayan tigers.

Dr Siti Hasmah said she saw the necessity to make this call upon her discovery of the Malayan tigers’ dwindling number, which stands at less than 200.

“The Malayan tiger, they are only found in the forests of Peninsular Malaysia.

“If we don’t do something to save the tigers, we will no longer be able to show our younger ones this symbol of our country (coat of arms),” she said during her opening address at the launch of the Global Tiger Day 2019 here at the Le Meridien Hotel.

Phuket Zoo
Attn. Pichai Sakunsorn, zoo manager
Soi Pa Lai 2
Tambon Chalong
Amphoe Mueang Phuket
Chang Wat Phuket 83130

Phuket zoo tiger

Dear mr. Pichai Sakunsorn,


This letter is addressed to you but is also meant for the owner(s) of the Phuket Zoo.

Times are changing. In an era where climate change, desertification, plastic soups and loss of biodiversity are getting more headlines in newspapers than poverty and education, it seems a big mistake not to listen to what the world has to say.

Zoos, petting places and other venues where tigers are exploited, are more and more subjected to investigations, public inquiries and public harassment, getting more bad press in the media every day. The reason for this is explained in the opening of this letter: the tiger is a flagship species of biodiversity, and it’s getting more headlines than ever because the morality of the public on this subject is shifting. Shifting from people benefits to tiger benefits.

Zoos have been part of different human cultures for ages. We often forget that zoos started as educational institutions: to teach people about flowers and animals. However, due to many reasons, zoos became places of entertainment, abandoning their role as educators. 

It is still possible to exploit animals, and even mistreat them, as we can see every day through new photographs and videos shared on the Internet. But an ever-increasing moral awareness on how to behave with animals and the expanded possibilities to expose cruel situations – even in your park – have led to the situation that even the biggest and best-equipped zoos in the world are under scrutiny from not only animal rights activists but from ordinary people as well.

More and more people no longer want to see animals caged or mistreated. They don’t want animals in shows anymore. They don’t want people to take selfies with tigers or other wild animals. They don’t want underfed animals. They don’t want animals in small cages or in chains. They want to see them in the wild. Properly cared for and protected against humans that want to kill them. And people demand transparency.

At the moment you are still able to earn money with the exploitation of your venture with tigers. Your company however is facing problems, and you know it well. You’re facing a big challenge because it is getting harder to attract visitors to your park. This is why you’re not only exploiting animals in cages but you are also doing things like petting-sessions for selfies, circus-like activities or even games with animals.

You are even using conservation as an excuse.

Due to the earlier mentioned changing awareness of people in the world – and, therefore, your visitors – your business model is at the end of its lifespan. Like circuses in Europe that can’t show wild animals anymore, which led to the bankruptcy of multiple circus companies because they couldn’t adopt to a shifting mentality of customers.

You know you can’t withstand this trend very much longer – also because the increasing petting of (mainly) tigers will unavoidably lead to (high) claims from foreigners that get a scratch – or even worse. Your liability waivers will not help you anymore because the best lawyers in the world will defend people that have been hurt or attacked by animals in your park.


There is a choice.

Either you maintain your way of working.

This means that in a couple of years people will stop visiting your park. Not only because in most countries the culture of visiting zoos like yours has changed, but also because of the fact that major tourist organizations like Trip Advisor, Expedia, Priceline, Qunar and even China’s Ctrip are ignoring you – or even warning against you (also because of increasing public pressure).

Even the current eagerness of people taking selfies with tigers or tiger cubs will change into shame sooner or later, as we already see it happening. This will ultimately lead to the disappearing of your key moneymaking attractions. And if they are gone, what else is left?

The result of maintaining your business without changing will result into even more (personal) stress, more public harassment, unwanted lawsuits, more tensions and in the end it will lead to an unavoidable bankruptcy.

…Or you take the other choice: change. How?

You can adapt to what people want and invest in innovation that can engage your customers in a way that you never thought was possible. Think about virtual reality. Think about 3D or even 4D. Think about holograms. But think about transparency too. You can start educating people (again) in a way that is unique in the world and create a business model that is ready for the future. You can even make money without lying to the world that money is spend on conservation.

This is the reason why we approach you like we do. We would like you to choose for the latter: adapt to a business model that can stand the changing awareness, that can live up to the changing needs of people and that can still be profitable.

You will not only make money because of your new, future-proof business model, but you will be recognized as an icon of change and an example to the world. National and international media will write about you in a positive way and the change that inspired so many other people that now own or manage zoos.

We call on you to invite us to have a talk about a program to transform your current outdated venture into a modern, profitable and future-proof business model.

With kind regards,

Chris Slappendel

Founder of IATA Tiger News Platform
Partner of Fuenta – Consultancy Company, specialized in transforming businesses into purpose-driven networks.

P.S. Because of our transparency policy we have shared this letter publicly, as well as your upcoming answer.

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.

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.

Delhi zoo tigers

The National Zoological Park on Thursday organised different competitions for students to raise awareness on tiger conservation, ahead of International Tiger Day on July 29. About 200 students and their teachers took part in story writing, painting, and poster making, and quiz competition organised on the theme of “Tiger Conservation”.

The celebrations were done in collaboration with National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) & Wildlife Trust of India.

Renu Singh, director, NZP planted saplings with Shri Nishant Verma, DIGF, NTCA in the zoo premises. Riaz Ahmad Khan, curator (education) of the zoo shared information to the students about tigers and also explained the function of zoo.

Summit County Fair tiger

A tiger show at the Summit County Fair is generating controversy online, but the show operators said they stand by their practice of caging the tigers and prodding them with a stick.

Kinsey Switalski, a California woman originally from Stow, attended the Summit County Fair earlier this week, as is a yearly tradition for her and her friends. While there, she was shocked to see two white tigers being kept in cages, and posted to Facebook video of one of them being prodded with a stick.

“I am beyond disgusted with the fair’s decision to hold this horrible show featuring exotic animals (who seem to be miserable) being whipped and battered with sticks to do circus tricks,” Switalski said in the post, which has received over 1,300 shares and 600 comments. “I won’t be coming back next year, and I hope no one else does either.” Her video of the tiger being prodded has also been viewed over 66,000 times.