Tigers in trouble: Year of the tiger

Guo, Jerry
September 2007
Nature;9/6/2007, Vol. 449 Issue 7158, p16
Academic Journal
The article reports on the controversial issues faced by the tiger breeding facility, Hengdaohezi Feline Breeding Centre, in Harbin, China. With about 800 Siberian tigers in its collection, the facility is facing media attention due to violent videos taken from its tourism programs. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) meeting, held in Hague, Netherlands on June 2007, likewise criticizes China's tiger-breeding program and threatens to reintroduce its 600 tigers into the wild. Meanwhile, scientists are also considering the genetic diversity of Siberian tigers through artificial insemination to avoid their extinction.


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