Posted November 21, 2010 by Vlogger-1 in Mountaineering

13 nations meet to aim to avoid wasting wild tigers

In 2010, the Year of the Tiger, about three,600 of the majestic predators stay within the wild, their existence threatened by habitat-loss and poaching.

If there may be one man who can provide hope to a species whose numbers have plummeted from 100,000 solely a century in the past, it could be Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Beginning Sunday, Putin and the World Bank will co-host the International Forum on Tiger Conservation, bringing collectively the leaders of 13 nations to debate what could possibly be the perfect and final probability to avoid wasting the wild tiger. The summit will characteristic excessive degree officers from each main tiger nation, a primary within the historical past of tiger conservation.

Putin, the previous KGB officer, has a troublesome political picture. But within the conservation neighborhood, he’s initially a champion of the tiger. For him that is private.

In 2008 he acquired a feminine tiger cub as a birthday reward. Mashenka spent not less than three days sleeping in a wicker basket at Putin’s dwelling earlier than being given to a zoo. The pair met the Russian press and pictures of Putin with Mashenka flooded the media.

In the identical yr, Putin ventured to Siberia’s conservation space the place he received between a rampaging tigress and a few volunteers. After tranquilizing the animal, he helped put a monitoring collar on her and he or she is now featured on his private web site. “Does she see anything?” an official requested of the tranquilized tigress. “Yes, she does. And she’ll remember you,” Putin joked.

Barney Long, the pinnacle of the WWF U.S. Tiger Program stated the dimensions of the summit is “almost solely down to Putin. It is he who is reaching out, turning this from technical meetings into a real political event.”

“It’s not often that heads of government do get involved to this degree,” stated Sabri Zain of TRAFFIC, a company making an attempt to halt unlawful trafficking and poaching.

Putin can be joined in St. Petersburg, Russia, by the leaders of the final remaining nations the place tigers exist within the wild, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam. That is lower than 7 p.c of their historic vary.a