China Digest, November 21, 2012

State broadcaster China Central Television raised 15.8 billion yuan (HK$19.49 billion) on Sunday by auctioning off advertising spots for next year.

Wednesday, 21 November, 2012, 3:27am

Thai police stop pickup truck, find 16 tiger cubs

Police in northeastern Thailand who chased a pickup truck trying to avoid a highway checkpoint found unexpected contraband in the back of the vehicle: 16 tiger cubs.

Police Colonel Supakorn Khamsingnok said on Saturday the driver told police he was paid US$500 to deliver the cubs from a Bangkok suburb to northeastern Udon Thani province on the border with Laos.

27 Oct 2012 - 8:54pm

India lifts ban on tiger tourism

A tiger in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, in India. The country's top court has lifted a ban on tourism in tiger reserves. Photo: AFP

India’s top court lifted a ban on tourism in tiger reserves across the country but asked local governments to regulate visitors.

The Supreme Court had ordered a complete ban on such tourism in July while the government formulated new guidelines. It lifted the ban late on Tuesday after the government announced new rules aimed at allowing tourism to co-exist with conservation.

18 Oct 2012 - 11:26am

Infamous tiger photographer to get out of prison

After spending 2 1/2 years in jail for faking a tiger photograph that set off a series of events undermining the credibility of the central government, Shaanxi farmer Zhou Zhenglong is expected to be released from jail this morning.

27 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Showing China's tigers a mother's love

Forget Amy Chua, Beijing native and former fashion executive Li Quan may have the best claim to the title of 'tiger mum'.

9 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Of a different stripe

In the newly opened Tiger in Asian Art exhibition at Asia House in London there is a lithograph of the 18th Royal Irish Regiment of Foot defeating the Chinese troops at the Battle of Amoy in the First Opium War of 1841.

28 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Tigers kill zoo visitor after gate left open

A man was mauled to death by a group of Siberian tigers after he and his son walked into the animals' enclosure in a wildlife park in Shaanxi on Sunday, mainland media reported yesterday.

15 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

No more killing tigers

The world's tiger population is shrinking. Why are tigers facing extinction? And what can humans do to save them?

Poachers kill tigers for their skins, which are used to make expensive coats. The coats keep rich people warm. But they are totally unnecessary. There are plenty of alternatives.

12 May 2010 - 12:00am

Shenyang zoo 'starved tigers to get funds'

A northeastern Chinese zoo, where 11 Siberian tigers died from malnutrition, reportedly starved the endangered animals to obtain financial subsidies from the local government.

16 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Unleash the Tiger in you

Tigers have not been sighted for more than 50 years near Hong Kong, nor anywhere else in South China for some 20 years. But this year, their influence will be felt everywhere.

10 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Cold weather brings tiger baby boom

Experts believe more than 100 cubs will be born at the world's biggest Siberian tiger nursery.

The tiger park in Heilongjiang is 144 hectares of bush and grass. The park has more than 800 tigers.

30 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Park predicts a record delivery of 100 Siberian tiger cubs in an auspicious year

The Year of the Tiger arrives on February 14 - Valentine's Day. Could this be why the Siberian tiger park in Heilongjiang is reporting that its residents are showing evidence of romantic passion?

Liu Dan, chief scientist at the Heilongjiang Amur Tiger Park, told Xinhua that employees were expecting a record of more than 100 cubs as the lunar new year turns.

24 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

The Siberian tiger

Largest species

The Siberian tiger is the largest tiger in the world. It was also found on northeast mainland, and it is called the dongbei hu () in Chinese. Sometimes it's called the Amur tiger. The Amur is a river that divides northeastern mainland from Siberia.

16 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Fight the natural order

Most cats hate water, it's true. But not all cats are hydrophobic.

Take Odin, the white Bengal tiger, from Six Flags park in San Francisco, California. He just loves to 'fish' for meat in his pool. His trainer tosses chunks of horsemeat into the water for Odin to 'fetch' and the tiger holds his breath, closes his nostrils, folds his ears, and goes diving.

30 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Officials in tiger scandal return to leading posts

Two senior Shaanxi forestry officials sacked over the infamous, counterfeit tiger photos of 2007 have turned up again in 'leading' positions in their old bureaus - about 10 months after being disciplined.

4 May 2009 - 12:00am