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周老虎 (zhōu lǎo hǔ): Tiger Zhou

"Tiger Zhou" is the nickname of Zhou Zhenglong who created phony photographs of the endangered South China Tiger. In 2007, Zhou claimed that he risked his life to take more than thirty digital photos of a tiger. The Shaanxi Provincial Forestry Bureau then held a press conference, supporting Zhou’s claim. Zhou was awarded 20,000 RMB for his photographs.

However, people noticed that the tiger photographs bore a close resemblance to a tiger poster published in 2002. In 2008, authorities affirmed netizens' suspicion that the pictures were forged. Zhou was convicted for fraud but did not spend time in prison. Because Zhou lacked the computer skills necessary to create the photographs, some believe in a conspiracy in which Zhou was fed the pictures by the local government eager to bolster tourism and secure tiger habitat preservation funds. A man named Guan Ke who worked in the local forestry bureau has been accused by those within his department of creating the images; however, Mr. Guan denies these charges.

Zhou's Tiger.
Zhou's Tiger compared to the look-a-like tiger poster. Some die-hard believers in the authenticity of Zhou's photos believe that it is the tiger poster that is the forgery.
Picture of Zhou Zhenglong, a rural farmer.

For more photographs of Zhou's tiger, see here

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