Doug Terranova's Tiger Talks is more than expected, giving a lesson in tiger behaviors. While the entertainment value is there, so is education about training according to the animals' known behaviors. Tiger Talks highlights each tiger's personality giving a true glimpse into the world of a performing tiger.
With the dwindling numbers in the wild, the tigers in captivity outnumber them and may offer the only hope for survival of the species in the future. Rather than detract from their wild cousins, they enhance interest, education and the desire to see the species survive. As people walked by, they were drawn to watch and even lined the sides of the show.
Niche' in the ring with six tigers, knowing each one individually, shows the time spent learning, training and working with the tigers to do simple actions done in their everyday lives. From the very young white tiger just getting used to the fair sights and sounds, to Maya's young attitude of barely being able to paying attention, and Kendall's old man grumpy ways - there's much to see, listen and learn.
Training with small chunks of meat and praise for a job well done, these tigers show what many never see: the ability to work with an animal through time, patience, rewards and pure love of the species. Ambassadors of their wild counterparts and they have a job! Well worth the time to look, listen and enjoy.