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Sekuro Loves Log

Sekuro, an Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) at Jungle Cat World falls in love with a large log in his enclosure. What could have caused such a large, frightening animal to revert to a drooling pussycat? Allspice!

Tigers use scent as a big part of their social lives. So, when they come across an interesting or new scent, they take the time to investigate. Some scents evoke strange reactions, not unlike a domestic cat's reaction to catnip. This is the case with allspice, which I spread arounde enclosures if I am doing cleaning. It helps enrich the lives of these animals by making things interesting for them. If strategically hidden, such enrichment can encourage them to explore their enclosures.

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Tigers are the largest of the big cats and are exclusively found in Asia from India to Vietnam, from Indonesia to the Russian Far East. The tiger can be divided into 9 subspecies: 4 are currently critically endangered and 3 are already extinct. Though estimations of tiger populations only a few years ago was 5,500-6,000, today populations are likely closer to 3,200 and are still declining. Dramatic declines of the tiger in India, thought to host the majority of the world's tigers, have fallen to less than 1,411. Overall, the past decade has seen a 40% reduction in tiger habitat, which now represents a mere 7% of its historic range. Poaching is a significant problem throughout the tiger's range, the demand for its body parts in traditional medicines, tonics, and exotic dishes driving a lucrative trade that is wiping out entire populations. Long-term threats include habitat fragmentation and prey depletion, which is accelerating the tiger's demise and subsequently reducing the long-term genetic viability of many populations.

If you want to help, the best for you to do is to educate yourself (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger), never buy products made from tigers or endangered species (freeland.org), and tell others. Contact me for more information.
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800x530px 340.02 KB
Make
SONY
Model
DSC-H7
Shutter Speed
1/320 second
Aperture
F/5.6
Focal Length
8 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Oct 8, 2011, 12:29:38 PM
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TheMysteriousNeon's avatar
may i use this as a reference for drawing?
HeWhoWalksWithTigers's avatar
Sure... if you post the result on dA I'd appreciate a link back to my profile and perhaps some tiger conservation info in the description (which can be copied/pasted from my descriptions).
TheMysteriousNeon's avatar
okay thanks so much!,will do ;P
BreathFlux's avatar
So beautiful!!!
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TigerDusk27's avatar
ahaha looks like he found a new pillow!
shadowgirl669's avatar
oh Log, i love you, Log, you smell so lovely, Log.   I'll hug you, Log.   XD
Akimune's avatar
Adorable! I didn't know such scents existed and was used for such purposes and all, it's very interesting! Thanks for sharing!
Xylothor's avatar
Awwww! SO cute!
rebeccawangart's avatar
Very interesting, thank you for sharing!
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