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Rethinking Humanity’s Ties to Nature

Four-year-old Nadia began to show some worrisome signs. She had an unusually poor appetite accompanied by a dry cough. Sure enough, testing revealed that she was infected with COsVID-19.

Nadia now seems to be on the mend after receiving medical attention. Good thing too, because Nadia is one of the very few of her kind left on Earth.

Nadia is a Malayan tiger whose home is in New York City’s Bronx Zoo. She is the face of a species that has become critically endangered in its native range in Southeast Asia.

Malayan tiger numbers have plummeted from 3,000 in the 1950s to 300 or fewer today.

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Their plight has come about because people have encroached on their tropical and subtropical forest habitats, converting them to other land uses to support human livelihoods and economic welfare.

Tigers have also been indiscriminately killed because they are viewed as threats to human safety, and they have been hunted for their meat and their bones which, according to folklore, have medicinal powers.

So, zoos like the Bronx Zoo that are home to 70 Malayan tigers worldwide act as safe havens for this and other endangered species. Advertisement Or so we think.

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