Monday, January 24, 2011

Photo: Stay Back or I'll Rip Your Face Off

Among the diverse array of animals in residence at the Phoenix Zoo is this particular cat - a Sumatran tiger, a member of a critically endangered species. There are barely hundreds left in the wild, with their habitat in the jungles of Sumatra being constantly pressed by palm oil cultivation. This tiger's presence at the Phoenix Zoo is part of a preservation program - a "lifeboat" should the worst happen, and the species go extinct in the wild. It wouldn't be the first time - the Arabian Oryx went extinct in the wild in 1972, but was reintroduced in the 1980s thanks in part to the presence of a herd at the Phoenix Zoo.

Just look at that tiger. Full of majesty. And claws, and teeth.

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