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Chinese Students Get Ready For A Roaring Good Time

Posted on: 2/15/2010 3:21:44 PM under General
Would you like the chance to observe 48 wild tigers in their natural environment for two days? Well, three students in China have been given the opportunity to do just that.

The people at Qinling Wild Animal Safari park, in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, want to raise awareness of the wild animals to help protect their existence in the future and gain a better understanding about the way in which they live. Over 600 people applied to take part in the project, which specified that they were looking for 'brave people'.

The chosen students, Li Hang, Gan Xiaotian, and Meng Zihui, will be equipped with laptops, notebooks and cameras, so they can record all the action from their two day tiger adventure. The students will be staying in 10 metre square cages in the centre of the tiger mountain area. The cages will have no electricity or heating and participants will be given straw for warmth.

Meng Zihui, the only female in the group, explained why she volunteered for the project, she said: "Tigers are becoming increasingly vulnerable and we should care for them."

Mr Qu, a spokesman from the Safari Park spoke to the China News Network: "We had far more applications than we thought we would get and because we only needed three people, it worked out that the success rate was lower than 0.5%, incredibly making the tiger enclosure harder to get into than one of China's top universities."

"We hope that the project will help us to learn more about these magnificent animals, so we can protect them in the future. It is also a great time to do this, as 2010 is the Year of the Tiger."