FactFile Friday #9
Name: South China Tiger
Scientific Name: Panthera tigris amoyenis
Closest Relative Species: All Tigers are closely related but show slight variations due to regional distribution. This subspecies of Tiger is suspected to be more closest related to Indo-Chinese Tigers
Wild Habitat: There currently isn’t a wild habitat for this species but similar to the other other Tigers this species lives in the dense forests and jungle habitats where they can stalk prey unseen.
Conservation status: The IUCN Red List currently has this species deemed as critically endangered but this is due to its captive population. The Wild population is deemed as functionally extinct meaning that the population is that small that it can no longer be seen as viable to survive. It is estimated that there are around 30-50 Tigers left but none have been reportedly seen in over 25 years leading experts to believe that the number has further decreased.
Threats in the Wild: The threat began in 1950 when the Chinese government allowed for farmers to execute these Tigers as they were believed to be pests to livestock. This depleted the population further than expected and by 1979 the government banned the cull but it was too late, the population drastically declined and by the late 90s less than 100 were believed to be alive.
What We’re Doing: Currently the species is being kept alive through captive populations and breeding efforts are being scaled up so that a ‘rewilding’ process can began. This is where collections make the Tigers life as natural as possible so that they can be released into the wild and diversify the current gene pool. This will be a long process as there is believed to only be little over 100 is captivity. This process will hopefully begin before it is too late but with the population currently unknown and genetically weak it could be a step too late.
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