BOLD: Whitewash, Panthera tigris altaica
John Goodrich, PhD
Senior Tiger Program Director,
Panthera Leaders in Wild Cat Conservation
Despite extensive habitat loss in the most densely populated regions of the world, there are still over a million square kilometers of potential tiger habitat left, but the majority of habitat is vacant due to the killing of tigers and their prey. These vast areas of unoccupied habitat are perhaps the greatest indicator of the magnitude of the poaching problem and the failure of government and conservation organizations to stop it. Virtually every tiger conservation practitioner agrees that poaching is the most immediate and critical problem faced by tigers, whose black-market value is higher than for any other cat species. Just as the problem is blatantly clear, so is the solution: we must stop poaching of tigers and prey.
As conservation problems go, this is a simple one. Tigers are killed to fuel demand for use in Asian Traditional Medicine and for skins trophies - which the wealthy hang on their walls. The trade is entirely illegal. Economies do not depend on tiger trade, large businesses have no interest in tiger trade, and there is no political or economic pressure to poach tigers. So, there is little reason not to save them.
Tigers will endure if we want them to, make the conscious decision to protect them, and put forth the resources to do it. It is up to us not to sit passively and watch tigers disappear. We know how to save tigers, so why dont we?
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Opening May 22, 2014
Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery
Delgado Community College, City Park Campus
Building 1, Third Floor
615 City Park Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119
Exhibit dates are May 22 - August 28, 2014
There will be a closing reception and artist talk on August 28, 5 - 7 p.m.
Summer gallery hours:
Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The public is welcome and there is no admission charge. For further information contact Brenda Hanegan, gallery director, at 504-671-6377, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Original exhibition curated by David Francis
Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA