Many wouldn't want to be trapped in a situation with wild tigers, fearing they'll end up as dinner for the day. So why should we care about their existence? These ferocious felines are currently being hunted for their skins, bones and parts by the illegal poaching trade. Their natural habitat is being decimated by developers, increasing the risk of human-animal conflict points.
Malaysia's leading hospitality group YTL Hotels announced its partnership with wildlife charity initiative, Save Wild Tigers, through an exclusive exhibition at the famed Royal Albert Hall, 'Eye on the Tiger'. Staying true to its sustainability and conservation ethos, YTL Hotels will be sponsoring the month-long photography exhibition that features over 30 of the world’s best photographers to display stunning images of these majestic creatures and bring global attention to the endangered species.
Among them is award-winning National Geographic photographer Steve Winter, who notes that “over the course of a century, tiger numbers have plummeted from about 100,000 to perhaps 3,800 today. They face a litany of threats, from poaching and the illegal wildlife trade to the pillage of their remaining habitat, conflict with people and disappearing prey. I hope these images inspire people to act. Together, we can ensure the long-term survival of one of the planet’s most iconic animals—the largest and most endangered of the world’s big cats.”
YTL Hotels' origins in Malaysia (where some tigers reside) and its recent increased investment in the UK have ideally positioned the group to support this London exhibition with a global goal. Dato' Mark Yeoh, Executive Director of YTL Hotels comments that they are "honoured to be able to take part in such an important cause yet again. Wildlife and environmental conservation are issues that underpin a lot of what we do here at YTL Hotels."
"Since 2007, YTL Hotels has embarked on several initiatives to support the conservation of wildlife and the environment. Our efforts have ranged from reef rehabilitation projects in Pangkor Laut Resort, to establishing a turtle hatchery at Tanjong Jara Resort. We are particularly excited that we can partake in this UK initiative, showcasing this incredible exhibition at the world-famous Royal Albert Hall in London."
YTL Hotels will be exhibiting a selection of images in two of their hotels in London: The Gainsborough Bath Spa and Threadneedles, Bank before the full exhibition in September. Guests and interested parties can explore the public areas and have an exclusive first look at the photographs.
The 'Eye on the Tiger' exhibition will run from 18th Sep 2018 to 14th Oct 2018, at the Royal Albert Hall, London. For more information, visit the online site of Save Wild Tigers. Credit: Lead image is shot by Theo Allofs.