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Sunday, 28 July 2013

10 GRRRRReat Facts about Tigers for International Tiger Day, July 29 2015!

No one knows more
about tigers than
Martin Lacey
- Read his story in
Circus Mania






July 29 is International Tiger Day. Here are 10 tiger facts to roar about.




1 All tigers have a marking on their forehead that resembles the Chinese symbol Wang, which translates as ‘king.’



2 A tiger’s stripes are as unique as a fingerprint.



3 A tiger’s tail averages four-feet in length - about half the total length of its body.



4 A tiger’s teeth can grow up to 3 inches long.



Martin Lacey was passing his love and knowledge
of tigers to Helyne Edmonds, but their
Great British Circus is sadly no more.
5 Unlike domestic cats, Tiger eyes have round pupils.



6 A tiger’s night vision is six times greater than a human’s.



7 Tigers don’t purr. They make a chuffing sound through their nostrils.



8 No wild tigers live in Africa. They come from China and Asia.



Circus at its roarest
A Chipperfield tiger backstage at
An Evening with lions and Tigers
9 Tiger cubs can gain up to 100 grams in weight each day.



10 A group of tigers is called a streak.


How do you train a tiger? I got the low-down from two of Britain’s last tiger trainers, Martin Lacey and Helyne Edmonds of the Great British Circus. Read the story of the UK’s last circus with tigers and elephants in Circus Mania - The Ultimate Book For Anyone Who Dreamed of Running Away with the Circus.


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"Circus Mania is a brilliant account of a vanishing art form"
- Mail on Sunday


Big cats in the big top
Thomas Chipperfield and Tsavo the lion.
Summer 2015 update
When Martin Lacey closed his Great British Circus at the end of 2012, with a ban on wild animals in the circus due to come into force in 2015, it looked as though the last tigers had left the British big top. At the end of 2013, however, Thomas Chipperfield brought his mixed lion and tiger act across the sea from Ireland and is this year travelling an educational show called An Evening With Lions and Tigers. Click here to see my pictures of him in the ring and backstage. 



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