“Amoy tiger at root of endangered tiger tree”


If the genetic tree for any living animal has a root,  the South China tiger (Panthera tigris amoyensis) also known as Amoy, or Xiamen tiger is possibly the genetic mother for the tigers.  It is smaller and the most critically endangered of all living tiger subspecies. Possibly fewer than 20 of these tigers are left in the wild. The South China tiger is considered one of the world’s 10 most endangered animals.

Can we save them from extinction?

Male tigers measure about 2.6 m (8 ft) from head to tail and weigh about 150 kg (330 lb). Female tigers are smaller, measuring about 2.3 m (7 1/2 ft) long. They weigh approximately 110 kg (240 lbs). Both have short, broad stripes spaced farther apart than those of Bengal and Amur tigers.

These tiger prefer to eat animals from insects to humans (not recently) that weigh 30-400 lbs. They are known to stalk and follow their prey for hours. They can run in short bursts of speed averaging 35 mph, to catch its prey, but lack the stamina to maintain their top speed for long. These big cats kill their prey by suffocating it similar to cheetah kill technique. South China tigers can feed on almost anything, from small insects to Gaurs.

Gaurs

Man nearly exterminated the tigers in the beginning of the 20th century.
In 1959, Mao Zedong, during the “Great Leap Forward”, ordered the elimination of the tiger, leopards and wolves as “enemies of the people”, because they attacked farmers and villagers.The wild tiger population of the South China tiger fell from more than 4,000 to less than 200 by 1982. The Chinese government then reversed the classification of the tiger, banning hunting altogether in 1977, but this seems to have been too late.

Does not this seem like the same cycle of destruction then attempted preservation that is happening to many of our endangered animals today?

For twenty years now, no one has seen the South China tiger in the wild. Today there may only be 20 to 30 South Chinese subspecies living in the Chinese provinces of Guangdong, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang.

Rewilding is being tried in China by savechinastigers.org

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of    http://bit.ly/aEYuNG

Excerpts courtesy of  http://bit.ly/asLd3V

Image 1. courtesy of    http://bit.ly/cnRvMc

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“Critically endangered jaguar needs your help”


Protect Jaguar Habitat in Southwest Forests and Deserts

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Jaguars evolved in North America before moving south to colonize Central and South America thousands of years ago. Historically, they were reported from California to the Carolinas. But clearing of forests, draining of wetlands, and introduction of livestock — coupled with shooting, trapping, and poisoning — pushed jaguars out of the United States.

Critical habitat — the areas necessary for the species’ recovery — should be designated in the Sky Island mountain ranges of southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico, where jaguars have been seen and photographed in recent years. The areas between these isolated mountains should also be designated as critical habitat to ensure that jaguar travel is not impeded.

The Gila headwaters ecosystem in west-central New Mexico, along with the adjoining Mogollon Rim in Arizona, should also be designated as critical habitat. The last known female jaguar in the United States was killed in this area in 1963.

Please submit comments in support of the Center’s proposal to designate critical habitat for the endangered jaguar today –

the deadline is Monday, March 15. Click here now to help.

These potential jaguar habitats in Arizona and New Mexico were originally mapped by the Center for Biological Diversity as our contribution to the interagency Jaguar Conservation Team. With the Center’s help, the team’s habitat subcommittee developed criteria for potential jaguar habitat and revised those criteria after vetting by scientists. These areas could support jaguars if managed appropriately.

Urgent Click here to help today. Thank you. The Center of Biological Diversity and Nature’s Crusaders

“Cheetah tears”-a love story


How the cheetah got the lines down their face

(A Traditional Zulu Story)

Long ago a wicked and lazy hunter was sitting under a tree. He was thinking that it was too hot to be bothered with the arduous task of stalking prey through the bushes. Below him in the clearing on the grassy veld there were fat springbok grazing. But this hunter couldn’t be bothered, so lazy was he! He gazed at the herd, wishing that he could have the meat without the work, when suddenly he noticed a movement off to the left of the buck.cheetah tears

It was a female cheetah seeking food. Keeping downwind of the herd, she moved closer and closer to them. She singled out a springbok who had foolishly wandered away from the rest. Suddenly she gathered her long legs under her and sprang forward. With great speed she came upon the springbok and brought it down. Startled, the rest of the herd raced away as the cheetah quickly killed her prey.
The hunter watched as the cheetah dragged her prize to some shade on the edge of the clearing. There three beautiful cheetah cubs were waiting there for her. The lazy hunter was filled with envy for the cubs and wished that he could have such a good hunter provide for him. Imagine dining on delicious meat every day without having to do the actual hunting!

Then he had a wicked idea. He decided that he would steal one of the cheetah cubs and train it to hunt for him. He decided to wait until the mother cheetah went to the waterhole late in the afternoon to make his move. He smiled to himself.
When the sun began to set, the cheetah left her cubs concealed in a bush and set off to the waterhole. Quickly the hunter grabbed his spear and trotted down to the bushes where the cubs were hidden. There he found the three cubs, still to young to be frightened of him or to run away. He first chose one, then decided upon another, and then changed his mind again. Finally he stole them all, thinking to himself that three cheetahs would undoubtedly be better than one.

When their mother returned half-an-hour later and found her babies gone, she was broken-hearted. The poor mother cheetah cried and cried until her tears made dark stains down her cheeks. She wept all night and into the next day. She cried so loudly that she was heard by an old man who came to see what the noise was all about… To read the rest of the story click here.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  http://www.safariwest.com/cheetahtearstory
Image courtesy of   http://bit.ly/aDr8Pi

“Why must we save these endangered animals and forests?”


Our future as a species may be tied to saving these animals and forests from extinction.

Besides the beauty and the uniqueness of these ancient animals and forests, scientists are finding that
1. Leatherback turtle blood clots quickly so sharks can not detect their scent after being injured. This  may help scientists unravel clues to stem bleeding in humans. After surgery or injury, bleeding can cause death if not quickly stopped.

2. Cheetah’s are the fastest land animal. Their muscle protein structure may help understand their speed and help in muscle rehabilitation after an accident.

Cheetahs may run free in India

3. The naked mole rat is being studied for his longevity and extended family structure.

4. Leatherback turtles, the biggest species of turtle, can dive deeper than other turtles, leading experts to wonder how they regulate buoyancy. That and the shape of their shells could give clues to submarine or ship design.
5. Honey bee sting is used to decrease pain in joints from arthritis.
6. Frogs and lizards feet and a spider’s webs are being studied for their stickiness and its strength.
7. Tropical forests soak up greenhouse gases and are the treasure house for plants used to heal and a new source of income for poor nations.

Conserving endangered animals, sea life, the oceans, wetlands, forests and the air we breathe may take on such economic value that we will do whatever it takes to save them and us.

Resources


Excerpts
courtesy of   http://www.reuters.com

Images 1 and 3. courtesy of Nature’s Crusaders library

Image 2. courtesy of   http://costaricanconservationnetwork.wordpress.com/leatherback.jpg

“Soccer teams supporting cheeta conservation-who is next?


So which sport will be next

to support the endangered cheetah or another endangered animal?

Threatened or endangered species and the forests, oceans and natural habitats around our world

can use all the help they can get. The world needs all the Usain Bolts, soccer teams or local school and individual or families we can get to help save our world. You can and are making a difference.

Soccer teams embrace the cheetah

The school’s decision to change the boys’ team name to the Cubs and rename the girls team the “Cheetahs” was part of the school’s effort to support the Otjiwarongo-based organization whose Bush project has been chosen as one of the finalists in the BBC’s World Challenge 2009, a global competition aimed at projects showing enterprise and innovation at grassroots levels.
The name changes were announced as part of a ceremony at the school on November 10, 2009 by Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder and Director of Cheetah Conservation Fund and supported by Dr. Anne Schmidt-Kuentzel, CCF geneticists.

The school’s decision to christen the boys’ team the Cubs and the girls team the Cheetahs was part of its effort to support the Otjiwarongo-based organization whose Bush project has been chosen as one of the finalists in the BBC’s World Challenge 2009, a global competition aimed at projects showing enterprise and innovation at grassroots levels.

Cheetahs may run free in India

The NGO has been in existence since 1990 under the leadership of Dr Laurie Marker and the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Sam Nujoma. Its mission is to be an internationally recognized center of excellence in research and education on cheetahs and their eco-systems the largest and healthiest population of which can be found in Namibia. For more information on the CCF Bush Project and the integrated community model of success click here.

Resources

Excerpts and Image 1. courtesy of http://www.economist.com.na/cheetahs-and-cubs-to-play-soccer

Image 2. Files of Natures Crusaders

More information on CCF Bush project ccf-save-a-cheetah-time-is-running-out

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