On a visit to Dreamworld last week, high on the list of activities to achieve was visiting the tigers. Miss Possum, Panda and Platypus had never seen a real tiger before and it was wonderful to give them the experience and to see their reaction.
It was only a few days after the visit that we heard a keeper was bitten by a tiger at a different park, Australia zoo. It’s obviously a high risk job working alongside these animals but I’m thankful they are there helping connect the public with the tiger. The keepers are there to encourage that connection and get people to act for this special animal.
After talking to one of the tiger keepers, Scott, we learnt a lot about how and why they are declining so rapidly. He’s passion was obvious and I couldn’t help put some money in the donation box near the animal enclosure.
We learnt that there are as few as 3200 tigers left in the world. That was quite a shock to me. That’s not many at all!
The Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation has raised over $1 million exclusively for tiger conservation project and continues to raise money every day. I wondered what we could do to help.
If you do go to Dreamworld, don’t miss out on venturing into the Tiger’s Lair. As we walked in, we were initially disappointed because we couldn’t see any tigers. Then, Miss Possum suddenly pointed up and to our shock it was right above our heads, less than 1 meter away.
We looked at the fur and could also see a paw and how heavily the tiger was breathing. It was mesmerizing.
When we got home Miss Possum and I started chatting about the tigers and thinking about what we could do to help. She brought up the ways we’ve acted for wildlife before but there wasn’t much we could do on home soil that we weren’t already doing. We’d already become aware of palm oil plantations causing the destruction of forests while learning about the plight of Orangutans, so we’ve been quite conscious about not buying products that contain it. We also have been supporting sustainable paper products for a long time now too.
The easiest option for us was to save up some money to help the Tiger. We decorated a jar as a way to remind us of the cause we were supporting. Miss Possum will check my purse for loose change once a week and donate the money to the kitty (he he he, pun intended).
I remember saving my loose coins this way when I was young and in less than 6 months we had raised over $200.
I have no doubt we will reach our goal and be able to contribute money to help save this magical, fierce animal. It would be tragedy should these animals become extinct on our watch!
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*I was not paid for this post but was given tickets to allow my family and I visit the tigers at Dreamworld.