contemplating tigers

Happy Place, Happy Space

Loving Husband is on Spring Break these two weeks, which means extra run expeditions! We had an occasion to make an evening run and I had a mind to run in the Civic District – but I couldn’t quite put my finger on why.

After extended rumination, memory still didn’t serve, so we decided to make a just-because run around the Marina Bay area.

We came around to Fullerton Waterfront and spotted this red beauty; suddenly I remembered why I wanted to run here: the Ar-mazing Tigers.

“Life is not a circus”, Mauro Peruchetti (Italy)

WWF-Singaporeโ€™s AR-mazing Tiger Trail is raising awareness and funding to address the unrelenting decline in tiger populations across Southeast Asia. At the start of the 20th century, 100,000 wild tigers wandered the Earth; today, only around 3,900 wild tigers remain and Southeast Asia is where the big cats face the most urgent crisis tigers …

Discover over 30 tiger sculptures and tiger-inspired art pieces designed by international and local artists (at various locations around Singapore). Each sculpture has a unique concept behind it.

World Wildlife Fund, Singapore

We found two more that evening.

In early February, while celebrating Chinese New Year, these tigers were gathered in Chinatown before they were scattered across the island. We managed to catch some of them.

Post-script: still thinking about these tigers, we made a run to Gardens by the Bay this morning (Monday, Apr 4) to visit more of them.

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  1. A great initiative to highlight the plight of the tigers. Under 4000 means it will be hard to preserve genetic diversity amongst them. So very sad. These creatures are incredible.
    On the plus side, a run around Marina Bay is even something I would contemplate. Although it would be a gentle jog….


    1. That’s mostly what we do, Amanda – gentle jogging (I love the way you phrase it!) When you next visit …

      Yes, you are absolutely right about the tigers. It is so very sad.


      1. Yes indeed. In Surin, in NE Thailand, they have an elephant festival and an elephant breakfast on one of the days where they get to wander up the street and eat food that people have laid out for them ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. I echo your sadness Pam. Have been conversing with several people about the plight we are in (given that it’s Earth Month), and hopefully these are steps which will help us with living responsibly.


  2. The situation with the tigers has been bad for quite a while I’ve heard. But the statues are wonderful and I enjoyed them. We have cougars near us and some are really angry about how they are not being kept from our neighborhoods. If I knew there were such animals near where my children played – I too would have some means of putting the cat down if it got too close but it would cause huge problems so I don’t know the answer.
    Thanks for bringing this display to us and for all the great points to think about.


    1. It is such a challenge to live alongside the natural world. We humans are very insistent in claiming our spaces, as you & I both well understand. And yet, as you say, it is never clear cut nor easy who we consider in our actions.


  3. The black tiger with the gold stars look so majestic. It reminds me of this painted Elephant exhibit at my local zoo. They come out so nice!


  4. So sorry about the tiger situation. That makes me sad, especially since I love big cats. So glad you inadvertently got your brain to do what it deep down knew you wanted to do! Those sculptures are terrific! ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Wow!
    Wonderful to see these amazing tigers. Such an amazing work done by WWF to raise the awareness.
    Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful captures with my challenge, Ju-Lyn ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Hi Ju-Lyn. I love the tigers. The blue and red ones were especially gorgeous. What a staggering statistic to be down in number from 100,000 to 3,900! Thatโ€™s not even enough to recoup! How devastating. Thanks for linking to PPAC.

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