| Tiger die in Malaysia Menschen töteten, sollen in US-Zoo unterkommen|| |
Also wenn ich diesen Artikel richtig verstanden habe, will man Indonesische Tiger, die in der Wildnis Menschen getötet haben, für Zuchtzwecke in den Zoo nach Nashville bringen und so sollen später auch andere Zoos mit "Menschenfressern" beliefert werden. Der Zoo braucht frische Blutlinien um Inzucht vorzubeugen. Derzeit werden die Tiger statt das man sie tötet, in einem sogenannten Tiger-Gefängnis in Malaysia festgehalten wo sie unter unwürdigen Bedingungen ihr Dasein fristen. Hier ein Video:
Vielleicht kann ja jemand, der des englischen besser mächtig ist, noch etwas zu dem Artikel sagen bzw. mich korrigieren.
Feared as man-eaters in Malaysia, rare tigers may find haven at Nashville zoo
By KELLI SAMANTHA HEWETT
MELAKA, Malaysia — Nashville Zoo at Grassmere Director Rick Schwartz traveled 10,000 miles this month on a diplomatic safari aimed at making zoo history.
He intends to bring the first man-eating Indochinese tigers to Nashville — an achievement that could turn a national spotlight on Nashville and help earn the zoo world's elite badge of honor.
If U.S. officials allow them in, the endangered Malaysian cats — which could be approved to come here by December — would introduce much-needed new bloodlines to North American zoos, where all the Indochinese tigers originate from only four ancestors and inbreeding is a growing risk.
''For me, a cat guy, this has been my passion my whole life,'' Schwartz said.
This rare opportunity was born from an epidemic of tiger attacks across rural Malaysia, which has gripped the country as did our Washington sniper scare. Four people were attacked or killed in one village, and the terror has played out again and again. Some tigers have ripped, torn and gnawed their countrymen. Others have shredded precious livestock.
These cats are known by their sins, not their names, and they pace out each day in their cells of rusty metal and concrete at Zoo Melaka. In this tiger Alcatraz, they lunge and slam against their pens when the unfamiliar invades: a water hose at bath time or the probing gaze of a stranger. The snarls roll out in deep, drawling blasts.
Government patrols could shoot killer animals. But instead, Malaysian leaders funnel the deadly culprits to this tiger jail. It is two hours from the capital of Kuala Lumpur, which Americans know from the film Entrapment with Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Malaysian officials bend to a culture that adores much that is American but everything tiger, from balm to beer to the mythical powers of tiger flesh. Legend tells that a piece of tiger forehead protects human skin from bullets and eating tiger penis can give a man prowess, like the cat that can mate 40 times a day.
''It is part of the culture, part of the heritage,'' said Musa B. Nordin, director general of the Malaysian Department of Wildlife and National Parks. ''They feel it's not the animal's problem, it's homo sapiens that created the problems.''
This widespread passion for creatures and beasts is almost impossible to find in the United States.
''Here you have an animal that is killing people,'' Schwartz said. ''Even family members, they don't want the tigers killed. I was amazed.''
Back home, Schwartz must convince federal officials that the United States needs these tigers and that his program can somehow help the remaining wild tigers in Malaysia. Securing U.S. import permits can be a daunting long shot to many animal experts. But Schwartz is confident that his plan, which gives money to Malaysian poaching patrols, will satisfy the U.S. standards.
''I think it's historic,'' Schwartz said. ''Nobody I know of is opposed.''
For the Malaysian leaders, Schwartz's plan could soothe a political nightmare. One official suggested enlisting the army to shoot the cats on sight — but a nation cried no. Many people blamed humans for growth and development reaching farther into the wild, forcing tigers toward rubber plantations and other villages. Officials say that if plantation owners would clear out the nearby brush, their worker, who are often the victims, would be safe because tigers would lose a hiding place.
Tigers who attack people are often older or injured cats who struggle to find their typical, wild prey.
These killer tigers are trapped between life and death, in a land of people that love and fear them all — the wild and wayward. The government struggles to pay the $26 a day to feed each cat, more than the average zoo worker makes in a month.
''There's no way we can release them back into the forest,'' said Muhammad Khan, who helped initiate Malaysia's tiger protection laws and is now chairman of the Malaysian Rhino Foundation. ''You will be giving them a better life in the U.S.''
In Nashville, where Schwartz says the first pair would arrive, the tigers would first go to Joelton, the original zoo site now used for breeding. There they could begin the transition to zoo life. The $10,000 price tag fits nicely into the zoo's animal budget, and Schwartz hopes to enlist an airline to volunteer the shipping.
A national shortage of new Indochinese breeding tigers has other zoos already in line for more cats. Schwartz plans to import as many as six of the 18 captured cats. Malaysian officials are willing to breed 14 others that Schwartz wants for other zoos.
''It's the responsibility of zoos to be doing conservation work, not just be an entertainment facility for the community,'' Schwartz said.
The program could go a long way toward earning respect for Nashville's young zoo and could help in March with its all-important accreditation application with the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, the badge of quality and elitism in zoo circles.
''We fight the accreditation issue every day,'' Schwartz said. ''It's not a matter of effort, quality or drive, it's a matter of funds.''
The Nashville Zoo needs to spend an additional $5 million on construction and exhibits before it can apply for accreditation in March. Schwartz is still working to raise money for things such as an elephant exhibit, more animal quarantine space and an employee breakroom — all needed to meet requirements of the AZA.
U.S. zoos in Cincinnati and San Diego are discussing how they might join Nashville's program.
SOURCE: Rick Schwartz, Nashville Zoo Director
Dieser Beitrag wurde von Simba am 03.11.2002, 16:05 Uhr editiert.