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Fierce Beauty is a celebration of tigers,
leopards, lions, ocelots, and other wild cats that inhabit The
Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (TIGERS), a
wildlife preserve n Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The institute's
fifty acres are home to more than one hundred rare animals, from
ligers (a hybrid cross between a male lion and a tigress) that
stretch nearly twelve feet long to cheetahs capable of running
seventy miles per hour, safeguarding them from the poachers,
habitate destruction, and population fragmentation that threaten
their existence. Despite their place atop the food chain, big cats
teeter on the brink of extinction. Where more than 100,000 tigers
lived in Asia at the start of the twentieth century, fewer than
4,000 exist today.