Merry Christmas from T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach! Caring for endangered animals has always been the focus of Dr. Bhagavan Antle and his staff at T.I.G.E.R.S. Read below:
"In 1984 our lives changed forever when a new 350 pound 42 inch tall baby girl came into our lives. This "baby" was Bubbles our African elephant. For an elephant she was very small and helpless. She had a very sad story to tell with a happy ending. Hundreds of thousands of elephants were killed for their ivory tusks between 1970 and 1989, when the slaughter ended because the ban on ivory import was put into effect. Along with the thousands of elephants killed, thousands of babies were left to die. Most of these orphans were either destroyed, since their was no place in Africa to house and care for them, or they starved to death. Bubbles was one of the few lucky ones that were put on a plane and flown to the United States where a handful of animal facilities awaited their arrival."
According to recent articles, an increase in illegal hunting makes many species' extinction a real near-term threat.
One report, launched Wednesday, found that illicit trade in wildlife is worth at least $19 billion a year with organized criminals viewing it as high profit and low risk because governments don't give it a high enough priority and haven't implemented an effective response.
Last year is said to be the highest on record for elephant poaching: ivory estimated to weigh more than 23 metric tons – a figure that represents 2,500 elephants – was confiscated in Africa alone.
Another report cites the governments which are being held accountable for enforcing regulations on wildlife, including imposing sanctions where necessary, and a campaign to reduce demand for endangered species.
Back at T.I.G.E.R.S., the decision to care for an elephant was not a light one though, it was a lifelong commitment since elephants live 60 to 100 years. What a delight and enormous undertaking Bubbles has been.
For over 25 years, their wildlife conservation and education programs have been funded entirely by offering incredible wildlife encounters. Com visit The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species and Preservation Station to share these incredible experiences with your family and friends while helping to save some of the rarest species on Earth.