Why Are There So Many Tigers In Texas?

Why Are There So Many Tigers In Texas?

Why there will likely soon be more tigers in backyards in Texas than in the wilds of Asia.

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Credits (and Twitter handles):
Script Writer: David Goldenberg (@dgoldenberg)
Script Editor: Emily Elert (@eelert)
Video Illustrator: Qingyang Chen
Video Director: Kate Yoshida (@KateYoshida)
Video Narrator: Kate Yoshida (@KateYoshida)
With Contributions From: Henry Reich, Alex Reich, Ever Salazar, Peter Reich
Music by: Nathaniel Schroeder:

Image Credits: Camera trap photo courtesy of Ullas Karanth from the Wildlife Conservation Society

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A fun game – try to match tigers by their stripe patterns:

FYI: We try to leave jargon out of our videos, but if you want to learn more about this topic, here are some handy keywords to get your googling started:
Crypsis: An animal’s ability to avoid detection by other animals. Tigers use camouflage crypsis as part of their predation strategy.
Apex Predator: An animal on top of the food chain with no natural predator in its ecosystem.
Camera Trap: A motion-sensor activated camera to capture images of animals in the wild with as little human interference as possible.
Cultural Climate: Shared perceptions and attitudes in a particular area.


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Rudner, J. (2016) Tigers in Texas: We don’t even know how many there are. Texas Tribune. Retrieved from:

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