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Earning Our Stripes: Tiger Conservation

What would the world be like without tigers? The Cincinnati Zoo partners with other zoos on a Tiger Species Survival Plan (SSP) so we never have to find out. In addition to maintaining a healthy tiger population in zoos, the Tiger SSP has launched a Tiger Conservation Campaign…

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to raise awareness and funds for wild tiger conservation. As the Coordinator for the Malayan Tiger SSP, Zoo Curator Mike Dulaney believes that “Working cooperatively with our colleagues both in U.S. Zoos and in tiger range countries provides us with the best chance to ensure that these magnificent cats do not forever disappear.” Given enough space, prey, and protection, tigers can survive. The Zoo contributes funds raised through Project Saving Species to the Wildlife Conservation Society-Panthera Tigers Forever Initiative’s tiger research and anti-poaching efforts in the Endau-Rompin landscape of Peninsular Malaysia. Researchers use camera traps to monitor tigers and their prey in the wild. They set up motion-triggered cameras on posts or trees along wildlife trails that take and store pictures of any wildlife passing by. From these photos, researchers can estimate how many tigers are in an area and what other animals live there. On-the-ground rangers deter poaching activity through regular patrols. They also dismantle snares. Engaging the local communities through education and outreach strengthens these activities.
 
THANK YOU! The Cincinnati Zoo’s Cat Canyon Project is presented by The Spaulding Foundation. Generous donations also from the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pichler, Mr. and Mrs. R. Kerry Clark, The H.B., E. W. & F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation, Winfried L. and Emil L. Barrows Fund, John Hauck Foundation and the Dorothy M. Kersten Charitable Trust.