The family assets in this divorce case are valued at about £27m. Of that sum, £25m was placed in a trust fund by the husband, Stuart Bray, an American banker. The objectives of the trust fund was to finance the couple’s charity work with Chinese tigers.
One-month-old tiger cubs are seen at the Laohu Valley Reserve near Philippolis September 18, 2008. Endangered South China Tigress named Madonna gave birth to them as part of a tiger breeding project, where the cubs were born under natural conditions without human help. Madonna and the cubs' father TigerWoods were born in captivity in China, then brought to South Africa to learn to survive in the wild. Only about 76 South China Tigers exist in captivity and some believe that fewer than 30 survive in the wild, according to the organisation.
There are less than 80 South China Tigers left in the world.
The South China Tiger inhabits in forests and mountain areas. It does not live in groups and is often active at night. It has good sense of smelling and very quick movements. The South China Tiger is good at swimming rather than climbing. It usually eats fresh meat of wild bears, wild oxen, and deer. It has 103 days pregnancy and often gives birth to 2 to 3 tigers on average. The artificial breeding of the tiger started in 1963 in Qianling Park in Guiyang, Guizhou Province.
Where Do South Chinese Tigers Live
However, the photographs aroused suspicion, with many expressing doubts about the authenticity of the digital picture. A resident of discovered that the on the wall of his home shared the same features as the tiger in Zhou's photos, including the details of the animal's stripes. The manufacturer of the poster was identified as the Yi Wei Si and Packaging Company of Zhejiang province, who had published the image five years previously. In a statement issued on November 23, 2007, the Shaanxi Province Forestry Bureau said that they still "firmly believed" Wild South China tigers to exist in the province. Yet on February 4, 2008, the Shaanxi Province Forestry Bureau released an apology, qualifying their earlier statements but without repudiating the pictures' authenticity, saying "We curtly released the discovery of the South China tiger without substantial proof, which reflects our blundering manner and lax discipline." Nevertheless, the statement was not conclusive on whether the Bureau still stands by its view that the picture is genuine.
South China Tiger by Derek Y. on Prezi
The organisation Save China's Tigers, working with the Wildlife Research Centre of the State Forestry Administration of China and the Chinese Tigers South Africa Trust, secured an agreement on the reintroduction of Chinese tigers into the wild. The agreement, which was signed in on 26 November 2002, calls for the establishment of a Chinese tiger model through the creation of a pilot reserve in China where indigenous wildlife, including the South China Tiger, will be reintroduced. Save China's Tigers aims to rewild the critically endangered South China Tiger by bringing a few captive-bred individuals to South Africa for rehabilitation training for them to regain their hunting instincts. At the same time, a pilot reserve in China is being set-up and the Tigers will be relocated and release back in China when the reserve in China is ready. The offspring of the trained tigers will be released into the pilot reserves in China, while the original animals will stay in to continue breeding.
• The South China tiger is found in central and eastern China.
On June 29, 2008, the authorities had announced to the press that all pictures published were proven to be forged, and the related officers had been punished, or even removed from their posts. The photographer himself, Zhenglong Zhou, has been arrested for suspicion of . This officially ended the South China tiger scandal, however, public concern about the corruption in Shaanxi Province Forestry Bureau and Shaanxi Government may still last. Many believe that Zhou is merely a puppet, and the local officers pursuing funds from the central government in the name of tiger research and preservation, as well as tourists' interest to the area are the real thread pullers.