To welcome the Year of the Tiger and raise awareness of tiger conservation, 12 life-size tiger exhibits have been mounted outside the Chinatown complex.
These tiger sculptures each have a unique creative concept and were painted by local artists, injecting different personalities into these tigers.
The exhibition at Kreta Ayer Square, the open space outside the Chinatown Complex, will last until February 15, 2022.
It is a partnership between the World Wide Fund for Nature Singapore (WWF-Singapore), Temenggong Artists-In-Residence and the Chinatown Festivals Committee.
Life-size tiger sculptures in Chinatown
Here are some pictures of these tiger sculptures:
Why is 2022 particularly important for tigers?
2022 is an important year for tigers, the largest living wild cat in the world.
In 2010, the governments of 13 countries with wild tiger populations pledged to implement measures to double the tiger population by 2022.
However, it is almost certain that these countries will not achieve this goal and the tiger populations in these regions are still in decline.
According to WWF, blind, commercial-scale trapping is the biggest threat to tigers in Southeast Asia.
Besides poaching, habitat loss due to urban development and illegal logging also contributes to the decline of tiger populations.
Loss of natural habitats can also lead to more human-tiger conflicts, and more tigers have been killed in such cases.
Progress has been made in some areas, but these efforts need to be scaled up to restore tiger populations.
WWF pointed out that indigenous-led anti-poaching patrols in The Belum Temengor Forest Complex in Malaysia has contributed to a 94% reduction in active collars since 2017.
Strong protected area management and connectivity in Thailand is also helpful in maintaining the tiger population.
Tiger Trail 2022
This exhibition serves as a preview of the next Tiger Trail 2022.
Mothership on Earth is the official media partner of the Tiger Trail 2022, an island-wide mission trail where participants will use AR filters, supported by Singtel, to learn about tiger conservation and other related environmental issues.
The Tiger Trail will be launched in February 2022.
Besides learning more about tiger conservation, you can also support the cause by visiting WWF-Singapore’s online store, where you can find unique merchandise featuring tiger artwork by renowned artists Gillie and Marc .
The materials used to produce these merchandise are certified as sustainably sourced wherever possible, and your purchase will directly contribute to WWF-supported conservation projects.
Learn more here.
All pictures from Mothership