Since it is Earth Day, I thought I’ll add another post for the Tiger Blogfest 2010. Just a few more shots of these beautiful cats I’ve taken in the past. And I’ll provide some fun facts about tigers as well :)
Did you know that tigers are the biggest cats in the world? The heaviest tiger recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records is a 1,025 pounds Siberian tiger. That is roughly 465kg!
The above shot was taken in Melaka Zoo, which in my opinion, is the best zoo in Malaysia right now. Now for more facts about them tigers.
There are five different subspecies of tigers alive in the world today. They are the Siberian, South China, Indochinese, Bengal and Sumatran. These cats are an endangered species and three subspecies; the Bali, Javan and Caspian tigers have become extinct.
And of course, the white tiger is shot in Singapore Zoo, my favourite zoo for now. Haven’t visited the zoos in Australia.
Last fun fact for the day: Tigers have round pupils and yellow irises (except for the blue eyes of white tigers). Due to retinal adaptation that reflects light back to the retina, the night vision of tigers is six times better than that of humans.
That’s all for today, and Happy Earth Day everyone!
ps: Tiger facts taken from here.
The tiger is our national animal. Our heritage. But today only less than 500 of them remain in the wild. As Malaysians, we need to stand up and protect our heritage. Speak to your children. Speak to your leaders. Everyone of us can make a difference. For further information, please visit MYCAT (www.malayantiger.net), WWF Malaysia (www.wwf.org.my) and Department of Wildlife & National Parks (www.wildlife.gov.my)