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Published on: 2008-12-07
A decisive victory for rewilding process

 

From Li quan (Save China's tigers) November 25th 2007

(Laohu Valley Reserve, South Africa) Ms Li Quan, founder of Save China’s Tigers today announced that a male South China tiger cub was born at Laohu Valley Reserve, Free State, South Africa at 23:30, November 23rd 2007. It is truly a historic event, because it is the first time that a South China Tiger has been born outside of China. Only around 60 South China Tigers exist in captivity and less than 30 survive in the wild.
The male South China Tiger cub, is at this stage healthy and strong. He weighed 1.2 kg at birth (larger than normal), and although his eyes have not yet opened, he is already quite vocal, especially at feeding time. He is the first cub born to the female tiger, Cathay and the male tiger, TigerWoods who are both undergoing rewilding training at the Laohu Valley Reserve in South Africa.
The tigers mated continuously for five days from August 7th to 11th 2007 in the 4 ha tiger camp. The frequency of the mating culminated in 9 times in an hour. As a result the female tiger was pregnant and the entire pregnancy has lasted for 103 days.
After the birth, which took 12 hours, the four and a half year-old Cathay displayed her motherly instincts by cleaning and licking her cub, but unfortunately un-seasonally cold weather necessitated the cub being removed to prevent it from dying from exposure.
The male tiger, TigerWoods is three and a half years old and weighs approximately 140 kg. During the rewilding training of the past 3 years, he has gained a strong body and has a mischievous personality. He has yet to see his cub.
The staff at Laohu Valley monitored Cathay for 24 hours after the birth, before releasing her back into the larger tiger enclosures. She showed no adverse signs of having her cub removed. The cub is now being hand reared with the assistance of an expert from another wildlife sanctuary. Plans have been made to reintroduce the cub back to his mother at a suitable time. Afterwards it will undergo the same rewilding training as the older tigers did when they came to South Africa as cubs.
“The rewilding programme of these highly endangered South China Tigers has taken a major step forward with the birth of this cub” Ms Li Quan said. “The tigers brought to South Africa from China have now not only proven they can hunt and fend for themselves, they have also proven that cubs can be bred in a natural environment,” she continued. “This event has given new impetus to the project,” she concluded.
Some major conservation groups have written off the Chinese Tiger as ‘functionally extinct’ but Save China’s Tigers, the charity which initiated and manages this project, aims to take zoo born tigers from China, rewild them and allow them to learn to hunt for themselves again and to then breed them before returning the wild off-spring back to China.
Since 2003, 4 tigers have undergone rewilding training at Laohu Valley Reserve, 600 km from Johannesburg, the biggest city in South Africa. They have learnt to cope with the elements and to catch a variety of prey from wild guinea fowl and hares to blesbok. They have learnt the necessary hunting skills using stalking and camouflage techniques. To date they have successfully hunted more than 60 blesbok, proving that their natural instinct to hunt has been awakened.
Laohu Valley Reserve covers 330 square kilometers of land in both the Free State and Northern Cape Provinces. There are more than 10 species of endemic game on the reserve including blesbok, eland, springbok, black wildebeest, zebra, ostrich, gemsbok, as well as some small predators such as jackal, caracal and African wild cat.
With the birth of this cub, the project is entering in a brand new stage. China is also doing preparation work to establish a Pilot reserve for the eventual return of these rewilded tigers.

From Li Quan's blog, 3 December 2007
Is the South China Tiger saving us rather??
Who is saving who? Are we saving the South China Tiger or is the South China Tiger saving us?
Isn't the South China Tiger saving us too? Saving us from indifference to their plight, saving us from ignorance of their Eco-systems, saving us from loosing our own natural heritage, saving us from forgetting our own cultural identity, and saving us from destroying the very environment that we human need for long term survival!
Whether Zhou Zhenglong's photo of the "wild South China Tiger" is real or fake, the attention it is getting is proving the power of the "King". It is a mirror. It puts our human integrity to test. It amplifies our human weaknesses. It exposes our human greed. If we humans are wise, we should see the picture the South China Tiger has painted us...

Saving humanity spirit induces rewilding nature. Tigers can live in Qin Lin mountains as well in Tigrovaya Balka (Tadjikistan).
What is possible for China is also possible for central Asia. Since decades, chinese authorities claim that tigers are still present in the wild, though the opposite opinion of many specialists (after the "tigertrade" of QinLin photos, it's probable that "proofs" of life will be found before Olympic Games, in any way...)
On the whole contrary, turkish responsables have made of Caspian Tiger extinction an official posture. And thus, regular witnesses indicate it's not so sure (see for instance Turkish Daily News of 4 August 2004).
Alain Sennepin