...Something I just don't get:
Tiger conservation projects for the Siberian and Bengal Tiger always fall flat on their faces because of political instability and an overwhelmingly large percentage of douchebags in their native countries where things like 'Project Tiger' are implemented.
If we're interested in conserving these animals, why the Hell don't we just fly a breeding population over here to North America and establish them in countries that actually have the means and desire to pursue animal conservation seriously? There should be no danger of the big cats becoming an overly-dominant animal in the north, given the many competitors it would have in the form of ursids, raptors, mustalids, canids, etc, and the game at their disposal would be roughly equivalent to what's available in their native countries (deer, hares, elk, sheep, etc).
Why aren't we doing something like this?
"Natasha has just come up to the window from the courtyard and opened it wider so that the air may enter more freely into my room. I can see the bright green strip of grass beneath the wall, and the clear blue sky above the wall, and sunlight everywhere. Life is beautiful. Let the future generations cleanse it of all evil, oppression and violence, and enjoy it to the full."
- Leon Trotsky, Last Will & Testament
February 27, 1940