From the villainous Shere Khan in Kipling’s Jungle Book to the protective “guardian of the west” of Korean mythology, tigers play a more vivid role in the human psyche than perhaps any other animal. Latterly they have become a symbol for conservation, and their survival on the planet has come to represent the human struggle to balance our conflicting needs and desires.
Today is International Tiger Day: an opportunity to celebrate, and reflect upon the fate of, one of nature’s most magnificant animals. (via The tiger: a sad tale of declining numbers | OUPblog archive)

sdzsafaripark:

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s new Tiger Trail opens Memorial Day, 2014. 

bigcatkingdom:

(via A rare camera trap photo of a wild tiger chasing a porcupine in the Indian Terai | Panthera)

animalkingd0m:

Golden Light by johan barnard

Today, the 29th of July, is International Tiger Day. It was founded in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in Russia, to draw worldwide attention to the severely declining native populations of tigers and their ecosystems, as well as the organisations who are working to save them.

To date, just  over 3,000 tigers still survive in the wild, and despite there being a strong international effort to protecting them,  they are still heavily threatened from poaching, habitat destruction, confrontation with humans and being sold on the illegal wildlife trade market. 

For more information on tigers, their current plight or to find out how you can help, please visit these organisations:

(Photo by dickysingh)

mistymorningme:

Rituals © left-hand

Lioness and male lion in the Masai Mara, Kenya.

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Snow leopard couple (by Tambako the Jaguar)

celestiol:

Putting on the Brakes | by Don Truett

Jaguar (by bryansskinny)

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