Why there will likely soon be more tigers in backyards in Texas than in the wilds of Asia.
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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: http://www.sciencefriday.com/articles/can-tell-...
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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