Endangered Tiger Shot At Florida Zoo

Endangered Tiger Shot At Florida Zoo

A Collier County, FL Deputy was forced to fatally shoot an endangered Malayan at a Zoo in Naples, FL Wednesday evening.

Malayan tigers have been categorized as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species. Fewer than 200 mature individuals remain in the wild, compared to the over 3,000 animals in the 1950s, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

For the past two decades, Naples zoo has funded saving wild tigers. In a statement announcing Eko’s arrival to the zoo last February, the zoo called Eko “a great ambassador for his species”. It added: “When guests see him, we hope they fall in love and want to learn how they can do their part to save his cousins in the wild.”

TheGuardian

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