Tiger Tiger burning bright…(The Good News)

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Like to share some good news for a change. This is from the New Scientist last month (16/4/2016, p. 6).

According to the WWF, for the first time in 100 years, estimated global tiger numbers have increased. There’s a total of 3,900 of them now – 700 more than the last global estimate five years ago.

While wild tigers are now functionally extinct in Cambodia (which is, however, planning to re-introduce them), the current global increase is mainly down to conservation successes in India, Russia and Nepal.

A summit on tiger conservation in New Delhi is focusing on the goal, agreed in 2010, of doubling global tiger numbers by 2022 through consolidating conservation efforts in the 13 Asian countries within the tiger’s range, and strengthening anti-poaching activities.

A recent study has also found that there is enough intact forest habitat left to accommodate a doubling of the global tiger population.

May these magnificent creatures, these epitomes of the Wild, continue to prosper in our increasingly precarious world.

Let’s leave the last surreal and celebratory word to romantic poet William Blake’s famous poem from his ‘Songs of Experience’:

THE TYGER

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare sieze the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art.
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

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~ by Peter Lach-Newinsky on May 6, 2016.

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