Snow Tiger by YUSEF KOMUNYAKAABY

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Ghost sun half
hidden, where did you go?
There’s always a mother
of some other creature
born to fight for her young.
But crawl out of your hide,
walk upright like a man,
& you may ask if hunger is the only passion
as you again lose yourself
in a white field’s point of view.
In this glacial quiet
nothing moves except—
then a flash of eyes & nerves.
If cornered in your head by cries from a cave
in another season, you can’t forget
in this landscape a pretty horse
translates into a man holding a gun.

Source: Poetry (April 2012).


BIOGRAPHY

In his poetry, Yusef Komunyakaa weaves together the elements of his own life in short lines of vernacular to create complex images of life in his native Louisiana and the jungles of Vietnam. From his humble beginnings as the son of a carpenter, Komunyakaa has traveled far to become a scholar, professor, and prize-winning poet. In 1994, he claimed the Pulitzer Prize and the $50,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his Neon . . .

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The idea had already been initiated in 2007, but the first release was in 2010 due to typical geeky laziness.

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T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve – a haven for big cats.

 a haven for big cats

Thursday, August 2, 2012 by Suzanne Burns

Hello from T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach!  Most people do not realize that we are in the midst of a mass extinction that is affecting every living thing on this planet. We are losing up to a dozen species of plant and animal every day. This rate is far faster than when the dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago. A stunningly beautiful animal like a tiger captures people’s attention so they become more willing to learn about critical conservation issues. Tigers are an important living example of the environmental problems facing the world, which makes them the perfect wildlife ambassadors. Wild tigers are currently on the brink of extinction. Due to rampant habitat destruction and poaching we may be losing a tiger a day.

Perhaps this article can give a little hope.
From msnbc.com

“The dens of two snow leopard mothers and their cubs have been located in Mongolia for the first time, with new, unprecedented video showing the mothers and their young inside the den, a conservation organization announced July 12.

Snow leopard dens are difficult to find because of the animals’ secretive, elusive nature and the difficult, mountainous terrain in which they live. Finding the dens is an important step in learning more about the reproductive behavior and the young of this endangered species.

“We have spent years trying to determine when and where snow leopards give birth, the size of their litters, and the chances a cub has of surviving into adulthood,” said Tom McCarthy, executive director of the snow leopard program at Panthera, a wild cat conservation organization.

Most of what has been previously known about snow leopards and their young has been gleaned from animals in zoos, where litters typically consist of one to three cubs. How big wild litters are and how the young fair in the wild — where they are subject to predation, disease, poaching and capture for the illegal wildlife trade — was not known.

The dens were discovered in Mongolia’s Tost Mountains, where locals refer to the creatures as “Asia’s Mountain Ghost.”


A team of scientists from Panthera and the Snow Leopard Trust entered the dens when the mothers were away hunting. They found that the first had two cubs and the second, one. All three cubs were weighed, measured and photographed and handled with extreme care, according to a Panthera release. Two were fixed with tiny microchip ID tags (about the size of a grain of rice) that were placed under their skin for future identification.

The use of these tags and observations from the team can help scientists learn how long the cubs stay in their den, when they begin to venture out with mom and how long and often mom leaves to go hunting.

“Knowledge about the first days and weeks of life is vital to our understanding of how big cat populations work, and how likely it is for a newborn to reach adulthood and contribute to a healthy population. A valid conservation program requires such information, which this new development in snow leopard research provides,” Howard Quigley, Panthera’s executive director of jaguar and cougar programs, said in the statement.

Only around 4,500 to 7.500 snow leopards are thought to remain in the wild. In recent years, pictures of snow leopards from camera traps have also been taken in other parts of the animal’s range, including Bhutan, Siberia, Kashmir and Afghanistan.”

Help us save these beautiful animals by joining T.I.G.E.R.S. (The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species) adopt an animal program and help make a difference. For more information contact T.I.G.E.R.S.

Vietnam’s Tiger Farms Are Trafficking Hubs

Originally posted on Ann Novek--With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors:

The Oklahoman2012-07-28:                        By MIKE IVES, Associated Press | AN BINH, VietnamNineteen tigers prowl outdoor cages the size of dormitory rooms, nibbling frayed wire fences and roaring at a caretaker who taunts them with his sandal. It looks like a zoo, but it’s closed to the public. The facility breeds tigers, but has never supplied a conservation program with any animals nor sold any to zoos. Conservationists allege that Vietnam’s 11 registered tiger farms, including this one, are fronts for a thriving illegal market in tiger parts, highly prized for purported — if unproven — medicinal qualities….                  more »

 

A Bengal tigress with her cubs at the Bandhavgarh National Park, India.3Photo: Creative Commons

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White Tiger (Singapore Zoo)

White Tiger (Singapore Zoo) (Photo credit: madaboutasia)

Tiger Fundraising Events

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We really appreciate the efforts of people who have helped to raise funds for our efforts.

Some details below:


Leeds Fun Run
A group organised by Claire O’Neill and friend raised £700 at the Fun Run In Leeds in August 2011.


Tara Broughton – £1500
I chose tiger awareness because tigers are my favourite animal and I am all too aware of what an endangered species they are. Having read about Tiger Awareness I was very impressed that not only do they contribute to saving the tiger but also in educating people about the plight of the tiger.

 Animal Friends Insurance I know that there are many tiger charities that have a similar ethos but the final factor was that they are based in Leicester, which is the home of the rugby team I support and who funnily enough are known as “Leicester Tigers”!!”

Read more information here about the donation from Tara Broughton from Animal Friends Insurance.


Rob Edlington
Rob raised £1200 on September 26th 2010 by running a half marathon. Great effort!

 Rob Edlington


Andy Watts and Fern his dog walked from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise funds for Tiger Awareness and Project Era Foundation in Bandhavgarh. Andy raised £4000.

 Andy Watts and Fern his dog


Karl Davies ran the Bath Half Marathon in March and raised £280 for Tiger Awareness.

 Karl Davies


Emma and Pete raised £100 at their wedding, to help our work.

 Emma and Pete


Bob Smith had a passion for helping Tigers – he would watch many documentaries on them. Bob passed away on February 2nd 2010 aged 83. The family collected £370 for our projects in remembrance of Bob.

 Bob Smith


Charity Netball Event 19th July 2009. Big THANK YOU to Claire Brandom and City Tigers for raising £1000.

 Claire Brandom


Philip Elliott ran the Silverstone half marathon March 15th and raised £350.00.

 Philip Elliott


A presentation of a cheque for £1350 from CHOKOLIT for the sales of the BITING BACK Bar.


Drawing from Outwoods Edge School, Loughborough, Leicestershire.


Emma Taylor, aged 9, hopes that her picture will inspire other children to think about the plight of the tiger.


Many thanks to the girls from Queen Elizabeth School in Dorset who raised £30 at the end of June 2008.

 tiger fundraising

 tiger fundraising


Craig Smith raised £1000 by running the Edinburgh marathon and climbing the two tallest mountains in Tanzania.

Craig did the marathon on May 25th (the time is on the photo!) and he climbed Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro between June 4th and 16th.


Top class from Brentry Primary School who had a Tiger
Day in January 2008 and raised £700.


July 2007 – Claire Brandom and City Tigers had a charity netball tournament and raised £1500.


Jenny Osgood had a good street collection and rasied £110.

 Jenny Osgood


April 2007 – Tom Taylor completed the London Marathon in 3 Hrs 30 Minutes and raised £660.


January 2007 – ICTUS raised £315 by having a gig in Leicester.

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