Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Your next pet

No one really knows how many tigers live in the U.S. Estimates are that there are as many as 7,000 tigers living here, either in zoos or privately owned. How many tigers live in the wild? The estimate is 3,890. So, we have about twice as many tigers here as live in the jungles of the world. But we may have more, as many live in backyards and are not registered. Most of our tigers are born and bred in the USA.

Why so many? "People want something unique, they look for the exotic - there's a whole host of large carnivorous pets across the country: black bears are common, people have African lions, mountain lions, and then there are the reptiles, alligators, crocodiles, constrictor snakes," says Nicole Paquette, vice-president of wildlife protection at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

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