In Search of the elusive & endangered wild Indo – Chinese Tiger ( a Wildlife Safari tour cum Wildlife Photography trip ) – to be held in March 2018 School Holiday Programme
( Closing Date : 10 January 2018 )
We are pleased to inform that we will be organizing an exciting ” In Search of the rare & endangered Indo-Chinese Tiger ” trip ( 5 Days / 4 Night ) during the School Holiday Period.
Date : 10 to 14 March 2018 ( Saturday to Wednesday ) – Trip held during the March’s school holiday period
Duration : 5 Day and 4 Night ( include 2 nights stay in Bangkok and 2 nights stay in chalet / lodge of wildllife parks / reserves )
Cost : Arrange with organiser
Trip Eligibility : Participant will be assessed ( meet up with organiser for an interview ) to gauge and asssess the suitability of participation due to limited & small group size between 2 to 4 pax limited group size.
Closing Date : 27 December 2017
To sign up, visit http://naturetrekker.org/trip-registration-form/, fill up the form and click “submit”.
Facts about Tiger
The Tiger ( Panthera tigris ) is the largest cat species, most recognisable for their pattern of dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur with a lighter underside. The largest tigers have reached a total body length of up to 3.38 m ( 11.1 ft ) over curves and have weighed up to 388.7 kg ( 857 lb ) in the wild. The species is classified in the genus panthera with the lion, leopard, jaguar and snow leopard. Tigers are apex predators, primarily preying on ungulates such as deer and bovids. They are territorial and generally solitary but social animals, often requiring large contiguous areas of habitat that support their prey requirements. This, coupled with the fact that they are indigenous to some of the more densely populated places on Earth, has caused significant conflicts with humans.
Tigers once ranged widely across Asia, from Turkey in the west to the eastern coast of Russia. Over the past 100 years, they have lost 93% of their historic range, and have been extirpated from southwest and central Asia, from the islands of Java and Bali, and from large areas of Southeast and Eastern Asia. Today, they range from the Siberia to the open grassland and tropical mangrove swamps. The remaining six tiger subspecies have been classified as endangered by IUCN. The global population in the wild is estimated to number between 3,062 and 3,948 individuals, down from around 100,000 at the start of the 20th century, with most remaining populations occurringin small pockets isolated from each other of which about 2,000 exist on the Indian subcontinent. A 2016 global census estimated the population of wild tigers at approximately 3,890 individuals. Major reasons for population decline include habitat destruction, habitat fragmentation and poaching. The extent of area occupied by tigers is estimated at less than 1,184,911 square kilometres ( 457,497 square miles ), a 41 percent decline from the area estimated in the mid-1990s. In 2016, wildlife conservation group at WWF declared that world’s count of wild tigers has risen for the first time in a century.
Tigers are among the most recognisable and popular of the world’s charismatic megafauna. They have featured prominently in anciel mythology and folklore, and continue to be depicted in modern films and literature. They appear on many red flags, coats of arms, and as mascots for sporting teams. The tiger is the national animal of Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and South Korea.
The elusive & endangered Indo – Chinese Tiger
The Indochinese Tiger is found in areas of Vietnam, Thailand, China, and Cambodia. Full grown the weight from 330 to 430 pounds for the males and 290 pounds for the females. They are also known to grow to be about 8-10 feet in length. it is difficult to find these tigers as they tend to live up very high in the mountains in isolated areas. That doesn’t mean they aren’t in jeopardy though because that just means people have to try harder to find them. Many hunters find this additional challenge to be what thrills them and entices them to go on such hunts. These remote areas also mean it is harder for them to get busted by authorities for illegal killing of the Indochinese Tigers.
With only a few hundred Indochinese Tigers thought to be left in existence, the situation is critical. The poaching of tigers as well as of their prey is the most significant contributing factor to the depletion of numbers of this species. Chinese medicine is another major factor that has contributed to the mass killing of the Indochinese Tiger. Today, they can only be found in parks and reserves. There are a few programmes and initiatives underway to promote and rehabilitate the tiger numbers. However, this subspecies remains in critical danger of extinction.
The stripes on this particular species of Tiger are very narrow compared to those of other species. You will also notice that they have a more vibrant orange colour to them. They are often mistaken for the Bengal Tiger so these differences can help you to tell them apart easier. In wildlife, the number of Indochinese Tigers isn’t over 350! Many areas of China continue to fight to breed them and to protect them but their efforts are often in vain. This is due to the high amount of money that can be made due to the demand for them in China.
The Indochinese Tiger is in grave danger due to high levels of poaching. There is also the fact that their bodies are used to make many different types of medicine in China. The bones are ground up into power that they claim offers the healing properties that have kept their people alive and recovering for centuries. There is no changing the minds of those with such a powerful belief in the early legends and ways of the people.
The fact that most of the habitat where the Indochinese Tiger lives isn’t explored by humans means that we know less about them than many other types of tigers out there. They have moved into the higher areas of the mountains because of their other habitats being taken over by humans. In recent years biologists have been granted permission to come to this area and to explore this tiger in more detail. However, the process for this happening has been slow moving due to political red type.
There is no mistaking that huge endeavors must be undertaken if the Indochinese Tiger is going to be able to survive. There are many programs in place right now to protect them in their natural habitat. However, they still fall victim to hunters, poachers, and even ranchers that see them as a huge threat to their own agenda. In Cambodia this is a huge problem due to people not having many other ways to make a living. They are going to hunt the tigers because they can make a great deal of money for their families this way.
There are also protective programs in captivity where the Indochinese Tiger is able to live without any threats. The goal here is to keep them safe and to help them reproduce. The mating is very selective by humans though to help ensure that the genetic pool doesn’t get too shallow. However, if there aren’t changes made to protect them this isn’t going to matter.
* Our package include :
The trip comes with full board ( meaning all meals will be provided – breakfast, lunch & dinner plus various exciting wildlife watching activities ) on top of the followings in the whole 5 days and 4 nights trip :
a ) Accommodation – 2 days stay in Bangkok ( 2 / 3 -star hotel ) and 2 days stay ( chalet / lodging ) inside the wildlife reserve / national parks
b ) Travel by Budget Airline. Time travel : 2 to 3 hours to reach Thailand
c ) Transport to and from Airport to Hotel, from Hotel to the wildlife park ( 6 to 7 hours travel ).
d ) All meals provided ( breakfast, lunch and dinner inside the wildlife reserve area ) – except those meals in Bangkok stay ( 1st and last day of trip )
e ) Guide fee service in Thailand
f ) National Park Entry Permit Fee
Activities / Programmes include :
1 ) Guided by an Experienced Professional Thailand Wildlife Guide working incolloboraton with Nature Trekker travelling on foot trek and 4-wheel drive.
2 ) Most of the travelling inside the reserve / sanctuary is by 4-wheel drive
3 ) There will be wildlife observation session in designated 3-storey hide wildlife observation hide inside the reserve / sanctuary.
4 ) Jungle Trekking on official designated tiger trails
( participants may get to see the endangered Indo – Chinese Tiger, Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Asian Elephant, Gaur ( Seladang ), Banteng, Asiatic Black Bear, Asian Golden Jackal, Dhole ( Red wild dog ), Sambar deer, Barking deer, Hog deer, Eld’s deer etc )
All activities above are subjected to open to public as some activities may be cancelled due to natural calamities ( eg. River flash flood, Wildfire, Avalanches, Heavy downfall etc ) and had to be closed temporarily for short time to allow time for maintenance and repair work in the park
Payment : arrange with organiser
Enquiry : Call John at 9655 6555 ( call is strictly for enquiry & not for booking purpose )
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