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2010, the year of the Tiger

Today starts a new year on the Chinese calendar. It is the year of the Tiger, that comes every 12 years.

This is the best occasion to raise your awareness that this magnificent animal is more than ever menaced.

In the many regions and countries it lives, it is hunted for the said virtues of some of its body parts (especially in the Oriental medicine) or for its fur. Its habitat is also strongly menaced, like to many species.

We have to do something. We have to show throughout this year that we can change the situation, we can make a difference.

 

I would like you to invite you to have a look at this site :

www.wildtiger.org

One of its main aims is to raise money for the conservation of the Tiger through the sales of photographs taken by outstanding wildlife photographers. I have the honor to be part of this project.

The collected money is directly used in projects where competent people work in the regions where the Tiger is menaced. They also help and educate the population there, because this is the key to efficiently help to avoid the decimation of this big cat.

So please help us to help the Tiger!

 

Thanks for reading.

  

(This is a portrait of Nurejev, one of the Siberian tigers of the zoo of Zürich, taken back in June 2009.)

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Taken on June 1, 2009