Watch a pregnant female adult tiger give birth to a cub. She tolerates a human presence, and high-quality video of the birth results. The wild African tiger immediately begins licking the newborn cub, who is born with closed eyes. The man who filmed the video is John Varty, who used two wild tigers to populate his tiger reserve with fifteen. He created the facility, Tiger Canyons, for tiger conservation and study. It is located in South Africa.
When asked why he is trying to raise wild tigers in Africa, though they are native to Asia, Varty replied, “Tiger Canyons is halfway between the 45,000 tigers in captivity, and the 1,500 dwindling tigers in the wild. To be honest with you, I don’t know of one Asian government committed to saving the tiger (this includes India, and Nepal). The human population in Asia is so huge and growing so rapidly that Asian governments are more concerned with growing food, housing, education, poverty, and fresh water for humans than they are about tiger conservation.” (Source: TigerCanyons.com)
There may be as little as 1,000 breeding females left in the wild. The total number of tigers living in the wild is estimated to be just over 3,000.
National Geographic has a TV program about him called Tiger Man of Africa.
Image Credit: Tiger Man of Africa