In the Jan. 5 entry, we discussed radical option for saving tigers.
What is happening now is not working so it is time to shoot for the stars and see what happens when it comes to this great cat.
One of the solutions I posted was tiger island sanctuaries. Here’s the quote from that post.
There are enough small to medium islands scattered throughout the Pacific to create tiger preserves that would not be cost effective for poachers to hit. Many of these islands have populations of wild pigs and could be stocked with abundant deer. Problem tigers (human and livestock killers) could be recaptured and place on these islands with the idea of setting it with just enough male/female ratio to create a breeding population. In some cases that might be two tigers but if two can breed and raise young in the wild, then we’re gaining ground. We’ll talk more about this in much more detail in a later blog.
This may sound like there’s no way it could happen but I believe the approach could give a place for wild tigers to stay wild and out of the danger that occurs in their normal range while conservation efforts are put in places to purchase large contiguous tracts of tiger habitat.
If the Pacific is not a good option there are places even along the American coast that could serve as adequate tiger habitat. We forget that before the 20th century tigers were found everywhere from Iran to China and everywhere in between so they can adapt to various kinds of habitat and weather conditions.
And if effort were made to take problem tigers alive and use them as the foundation you would have no net loss of wild tigers.
Five islands could be chosen with the goal of filling those with nuisance tigers and closely monitoring them and if there is success in rearing young, recaptures could move the cats around to spread around the genetics and expand the program.
Of course there are tons of logistics like which territories would allow it, be safe and have ample space and populations of game like wild boar. In addition there would be territoriality problems and a host of other issues to work through but with this solution you could have a fairly controlled environment which to possibly rear wild cats that would rear their own young and build a population that would help replenish other regions.
We can keep up with the status quo or move forward boldly with new ideas. The tiger’s very existence hangs in the balance so it’s time to make something happen or else the sands of time will do it for us.
Chester Moore, Jr.
Kingdom Zoo field researcher Todd Jurasek has a knack for finding things in the field that no one else tends to see. He recently sent us these photos of a baby ornate box turtle he found in the wilds Oklahoma.
It’s easy to get caught up looking for the big stuff but sometimes the most amazing blessings are small or at least start small like this gorgeous little creature.
Chester Moore, Jr.
They are a flash of inspiration that fuels us to do great things, hope in trying times and a way God plants in us seeds of greatness. Unfortunately many from a young age are told their dreams will never come true. Think about your early childhood for just a second. You probably thought you could do ANYTHING. All things were possible. That is why when teachers ask kindergarten students what they want to be when they grow up they get BIG answers like astronaut. Kids really do believe they can be what they want to be.
Then at some point an adult comes along and squashes these ideas. They tell the kids don’t have big hopes or you will get disappointed or just flat out tell them they are not good enough to pursue their aspirations. For many this is a crushing defeat that lasts their entire lives and manifests itself in depression, anxiety and a deeply unfulfilled life.
I write this to bring you good news and that is your dreams are achievable. This note is geared toward those of you who like me have a passion for the outdoors but these ideals are not limited to these realms. This applies to everyone but my inspiration here to speak to my fellow outdoors lovers.
I challenge you not to reflect back on your past mistakes or glories but instead look to the future with serious focus and determination to make your outdoors dreams a reality. It is impossible to realize dreams without realizing you have them. Sit down with a pen and paper and think about the outdoors experiences you would like to have and write them down. They might be as simple as catching photographing your first owl or as big as starting a zoo.
Never limit yourself because of what others may think or cut yourself short of dreaming big. Yes, certain situations might limit what we can do in some ways but the fact is God has no limitations and if we pray hard for his guidance doors will open we thought were impossible. Attaining these dreams can be healthy not only for the spirit but for the body as well. If you have unhealthy habits likesmoking for example, consider the financial cost. If you smoke a pack a day at $4 a pack at the end of the year that is $1,460.
That’s an airline trip to Africa! Think about it!
If you were able to put down some bad habit, which could literally save your life or your financial standing, you could pay for your outdoors dreams and do so with money you are already spending. And this does not have to be smoking. This goes for those who drink a bit too much or simply spend too much on junk and pretty much all of us do that.
I will tell you right now there are people who will tell you can’t make you dreams come true and that your lifelong outdoors quest is “too big” for you. And to be perfectly honest, that is a good sign. When the critics come out (no matter how close you make think you are to them) that means you are stirring something in people. Those who will tell you that you cannot live your dreams are usually those who have not lived out theirs. Their sneers are based on jealously and not on a reflection of your abilities. Pray that they might see their dreams fulfilled.
Now take out a pen and paper and start thinking about what your dreams. Ask God to guide you and trust in Him to bring to life what you may think has been long dead.
And remember to dream BIG!
Chester Moore, Jr.
In 2007 I developed a black bear conservation through Texas Fish & Game magazine where we created educational posters sent out as a .pdf and printed and put throughout East Texas where the species is returning
The idea was to let hunters in Texas know black bears are A. illegal to kill and B. look similar to feral hogs at a long distance, especially when they are not familiar with bears which are returning to the region. We even collaborated with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and helped distributed hundreds of their black bear brochures in key feed stores, convenience stores and gun shops in the East Texas region.
We are happy again to offer these posters this time exclusively as a download. Feel free to print to put in your place of business, pass out to hunting clubs and help make awareness that a great animal is back in East Texas and deserves protection.
Email email@example.com if you would like a copy of the poster sent to your inbox.
Chester Moore, Jr.
Kingdom Zoo field researcher Todd Jurasek sent in these interesting photos of black vulture eggs he found while conducting a wildlife survey in his home state of Oklahoma.
These vultures often next on the ground in the open and these were found in a rocky crevice area but essentially unprotected in the open. It’s a rare sighting and an interesting look at a bird rarely examined
Chester Moore, Jr.
The clocking is ticking toward extinction for tigers.
All subspecies of Panthera tigris are critically low and with the threats like habitat loss and poaching for the traditional medicines on the upswing, radical action must be taken.
And it must be taken now.
All measures taken to help tigers in the wild have failed so it’s time to try some things that will certainly (and have in some cases) ruffle feathers and might seem far-reaching.
The fact is with less than 3,000 tigers throughout all of Asia the far reach is the only one left.
The following are some ideas that need serious examination and thought from those interested in seeing this great cat saved from nonexistence.
#Island Tiger Preserves-There are enough small to medium uninhabited islands scattered throughout distant areas of the Pacific to create tiger preserves that would not be cost effective for poachers to hit. Many of these islands have populations of wild pigs and could be stocked with abundant deer. Problem tigers (human and livestock killers) could be recaptured and place on these islands with the idea of setting it with just enough male/female ratio to create a breeding population. In some cases that might be two tigers but if two can breed and raise young in the wild, then we’re gaining ground. We’ll talk more about this in much more detail in a later blog.
#Pick a Species-If several large conservation organizations could pick one subspecies of tiger and focus on a moon mission sized goal of purchasing X amount of acres of critical habitat and accompanying that with full time scientific staff and game wardens then we might be able to rally the troops enough to keep a solid gene pool going for a particular variety. Small efforts by large, well-funded organizations could go to one huge project with smaller groups taking up smaller needs and other varieties.
#Rewilding-It has already been tried with limited success but at some point rewilding captive tigers needs addressed. The Island Tiger Preserve project might be a way to accomplish this but if tiger viability will go beyond 2025, rewilding will have to be a part of the process.
#Zoo, Private & Sanctuary Cooperation-The captive gene pool of tigers must be analyzed from the biggest zoos to private owners. Cut all of the political mess out of the way and take personal opinion of sanctuary and personal ownership around the world and get real-the gene pool is getting narrower and captive populations could be part of the solution.
All things must be on the table if we are to save what I consider the most beautiful creature God created. We’ll be talking about the great cats frequently in 2015 and tiger conservation will be an important part of that. Conservation means the wise use of resources and now the wisest thing we can do about tigers is throw preconceived notions out the window and make some things happen.
We’re a generation away from the old “lions, tigers and bears…” saying missing a key component.
Chester Moore, Jr.