July 29th is International Tiger Day! Rapidly losing natural habitats, tigers face a precarious future. International Tiger Day was initiated to raise awareness about tiger conservation and the need for global responses to protecting natural habitats of these big kittehs.
The image is from The Wonders of the Animal Kingdom (1830) by Robert Huish, who, incidentally, was not very highly regarded in his time. In a stinging review of his book, The Late Voyage of Captain Sir John Ross, R.N. to the Arctic Regions…, the Quarterly Review (July 1835), called him “one of those industrious but unscrupulous scribblers know as booksellers’ hacks.” Unscrupulous as he may be, we still think the illustrations in the Wonders of the Animal Kingdom are worth perusing, even if the first few lines of the introduction desperately need an editor.