Win for tigers
When you witness the tigers at Dreamworld, it’s hard to imagine there are less than 4000 tigers left in the wild.
Three subspecies have already become extinct and their survival is continuously threatened by humans hunting, poaching or destroying their habitat.
At the current rate of poaching and habitat loss, it is estimated that tigers in the wild could completely disappear within the next ten years.
Dreamworld’s Wildlife Foundation (DWF) has partnered with the Zoological Society of London and the Global Tiger Patrol to establish a global tiger conservation charity – the 21st Century Tiger.
Since 2012, they have raised more than $2 million for conservation initiatives and to fund anti-poaching teams.
Due to the significant contribution they are starting to see an increase in wild tiger sightings and decrease in active snares (traps) with only one active snare spotted on patrols in the first half of 2018, compared to the five recorded in 2017 and 35 in 2016.
Dreamworld General Manager Life Sciences Al Mucci said the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation gives support and funding to four endangered wildlife species including tigers, koalas, bilbies and tree kangaroos to ensure the survival of these vulnerable animals.
“With less than 4000 tigers left in the wild, the contributions we make towards the long-term survival of these incredible animals is instrumental in protecting them against poaching and other threats,” Mr Mucci said.
“These statistics are a very promising sign that our contributions and our partnership with ZAA and its accredited member zoos and the WildCats Conservation Alliance are paying off and we want to see the numbers of tigers in the wild continue to increase even further.”
Dreamworld’s state-of-the-art Tiger Island precinct, home to 12 tigers, helps to educate guests on wild tiger conservation with daily tiger presentations and provides guests with the opportunity to donate in a number of ways, including direct donations to DWF, the Adopt-an-Animal program, merchandise purchases and Tiger Experiences.
RACQ members can save with discounted tickets to Dreamworld online.