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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Asia (02/26/09)

TITLE: World Renowned - Cathay
By Charlene Reid
03/02/09


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World Renowned - Cathay

“Hello! My name is Cathay. I’m 6 years old and I’m famous! You could say that I’m a celebrity!”

“Why, you ask? Well I have a few websites that are all about me and ….

“What do you mean – “SO WHAT? I’m known around the world…”

“What makes me so special? Well, I guess YOU do!”

“Yes – YOU and others like you.”

“You don’t understand? Well, perhaps I should tell you a little more about myself.”

“I was born on January 21, 2003 in China. My family was almost all dead or in captivity. In fact in November of 2002 we were declared extinct….”

“Extinct? Why does that confuse you?”

“Yes, the term is used for species that are no longer in existence!”

“What do I mean by species? Oh, didn’t I mention that I’m a tiger?”

“Yes, that’s right – I said - a tiger- A South China Tiger – to be exact. One of the few left.”

“Are you ok?”

“I know it is hard to believe but – well, here I am. Shall I continue?”

“50 years ago our population was a healthy 4000 strong. In 1959, MaoTse-Tung declared us pests and a bounty was placed on our heads.”

“After Mao’s death, hunting us was banned, poaching punishable by death. But still, viewed as pests and ‘man-eaters’, and one of our pelts was almost 10 years pay, we were hunted to the brink of extinction.”

“By 1995 there were thought to be possibly 30 of us in the wild and 60 in captivity.”

“A few concerned people in the world heard of our plight and took pity on us.”

“But our hero is Li Quan, who was herself born in China. She had been the licensing director for Gucci International until the late 1990’s when she married Stuart Bray and moved to London. Soon she heard of what was happening to us in her home country and got involved.”

“I am not sure what we ever did to deserve the treatment we received but hope was renewed with Li Quan’s intervention.”

“She engineered the Chinese Tiger Conservation Model in 1999 and “Save China’s Tigers” a charitable organization in 2000 in the UK; 2002 in the US; and 2003 in Hong Kong.

“In 2002 her husband bought and consolidated 17 sheep farms into an 81,500 acre reserve in South Africa. It was for a “Rewilding” project that would prepare us to be reintroduced into the Chinese wild.”

“In September 2003, Hope, a male tiger, born on February 17,2003, and I made history as we flew, via Cathay Pacific Airways, (my names sake), into South Africa for Rewilding Training.”

“In July 2004 Hope and I caught our first African antelope and ate it!! It was a proud moment for us (and for Li’s team)!”

“On October 29,2004 we were joined by two cubs “Tigerwoods”, born on March 9,2004 and “Madonna” born April 20, 2004.”

“Sadly, Hope died on August 20, 2005 of pneumonia and heart failure. I miss him! You can still see pictures of him on the websites!”

“On November 23, 2007, at 23:30 - another historical moment - I gave birth to my first cub - Hulooo (named in a contest that brought 7000 entries from all over the world.)

“Then on March 30, 2008, I had another litter – 2 males - JenB and Coco.”

“Madonna had her first litter on April 12, 2008. Only one survived, but died 7 days later.”

“It was sad! But on August 18,2008 she had another litter – a male - King Henry and the first female - Princess (yet to be named).

“You will really enjoy seeing these cuties on the websites!!”

“There are 9 of us here now. Tigerwoods is the father of all the cubs. A new male known as 327 has just arrived. He seems to be settling in just fine.”


“Our people back in China finally heard our plight and realized that we were a very large part of their own heritage and culture. They are hoping for us to survive and someday come back to China. They have even set aside a 460 hectare park in Fujian Province. This park has been completed with virgin forests, man-made lakes with spring water, meadows and other vegetation and borders the 20,000 hectare Meihuashan Nature Reserve.”

“Where do YOU come in?”

“Why not visit us on the web and SEE how you figure into our celebrity.”

“See YOU there!”

Love - Cathay



***References***

South China Tiger – Wikipedia

Google – Save China’s Tigers


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Lynda Schultz 03/06/09
Neat approach to the theme, and you sure filled us in on some very interesting details.
Ruth Ann Moore03/07/09
A good way to communicate the plight of Cathay and how she and the other tigers are doing. It's amazing how one species can be devestated in such a short period of time.
Karlene Jacobsen 03/07/09
Creative and informative. Nicely done.
Debra Smith03/09/09
creative way to present a cause for the tigers.
Faithful Okoye03/09/09
I love the way you made it. At first, it leaves you puzzled but then you can get a hang of it.

It's sad what they did to those tigers. I hope they survive.
Good job, by the way.