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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

International Tiger Day

July 29 is International Tiger Day. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness for tiger conservation. Only about 3000 tigers are left in the wild.

In 1858, my ancestors may have had the opportunity to see a tiger. Animal trainer A. Lovell exhibited an Australian bear and a Bengal tiger in Nashville, Tennessee.

Nashville Union and American, 18 February 1858, page 3. Available from Chronicling America.

Clearly, back in 1858 people were not thinking about the welfare and protection of these animals. Thankfully, awareness has increased.

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