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Harbin - Siberian Tiger Park

sunny 19 °C

Barbara wasn't keen on visiting this park as she thought it would be cheesy and the animals would not be well cared for. She was surprised!

The mission of the park is to study, breed, release and ultimately save the tiger from extinction. Though recognized worldwide as an endangered species, the tigers situation remains perilous. Estimates put the the remaining number of Siberian Tigers living in the world at fewer than 400, with most in eastern Russia, North Korea and North Eastern China.

You drive safari like through the park that has fenced off fields. You get right up close to these animals. You can buy live chickens to throw to the tigers. It's amazing.

There are also lions and rare white tigers. Apparently there was a baby boom in 2006 with more than 80 tiger cubs born.

There was a Chinese man standing on a platform taking photos. Obviously this platform was where the Tigers were fed. A tiger kept jumping up. We left as we didn't want to see this man eaten by a tiger.

We caught a taxi there which cost Y40 and the entrance fee is Y65. Well worth the money and I think this might have been Barbara's highlight of our Harbin trip.

Posted by Bettinamc 27.08.2008 00:01 Archived in China Tagged animal

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