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Discussion in 'Bangladesh' started by vogelcommando, 24 Sep 2016.

  1. vogelcommando

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    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    this is actually a good example of why pedantry in taxonomic areas is good. Everyone on here knows that most or all "Bengal tigers" outside India are "zoo mix" hybrids. But because the zoos themselves promote their animals as Bengal tigers (mostly, I suspect, because they don't know any different) then it is easy to get this situation where a zoo in Bangladesh imports hybrid animals, and then they get bred to pure Bengals and then their offspring get distributed unknowingly to other zoos in India.

    A similar situation is the one reported on here a short while ago, where it seems like Hanoi Zoo imported "Indochinese tigers" from the Czech Republic for breeding, which were probably Malayan tigers.
    http://www.zoochat.com/1772/hanoi-zoo-390739/
     
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    Chli, the latter news from Hanoi - Czech Republic has been publicly discounted. No Malayan or IndoChinese tigers involved. Hybrid Bengals .... too.
     
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    Ever so curious to import Bengal tigers from South Africa - no purebreds to that - whereas ignoring we are on the Indian Subcontinent. For a developing nation it would have been far better to look around in Bangla itself or beyond try to hop on the Indian CZA bus and acquire some new tigers for exhibit purposes.