Happy New Year! & double the tiger

祝旧正月、そしてTX2

5 January 1986, China
Year of the Tiger

Tomorrow is New Year’s Day in China and many countries, such as Singapore, Malaysia, Mongolia, Taiwan and Vietnam. I guess the celebration has already begun – and tigers must be everywhere.

This stamp is from 24 years ago, when China’s economy started to rise and that is reflected in the tone of the picture. There were many wild tigers in China in the past – but there were only about 50 counted in the 2018 report. This year’s conference for the TX2 (double the tiger) project by WWF will reveal the most recent figure of this animal. I hope they are surviving.

明日は旧暦のお正月で、中国だけでなく、実はたくさんの国で国民の休日なのですね。シンガポール、マレーシア、モンゴル、台湾、ベトナムも。すでにお祝いは始まっていると思われ、あちこちで虎が踊っていることでしょう。

この切手は24年前の発行で、経済がぐんと上向きになりはじめた中国の雰囲気が伝わってくるようです。かつてはたくさんいた中国の野生の虎は、2018年のレポートでは50匹以下まで激減しほとんど絶滅状態でした。WWFが始めた「TX2:トラを2倍に」キャンペーンで、どれくらいの虎が守られて増えたのか、今年のカンファレンスで発表されます。

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