South China Tiger

Panthera tigris amoyensis

Status: Critically Endangered (possibly Extinct in the Wild)

Population: 30-80

According to the World Wildlife Fund, the South China tiger population was about 4,000 in the early 1950s. In the next few decades, thousands were killed, hunted as a pest. Though the Chinese government banned hunting in 1979, by 1996 the population was estimated to be just 30-80 of these tigers. Today the big cat is considered to be “functionally extinct,” as it has not been seen in the wild for more than 25 years.

Photo: J. Patrick Fischer/ Wikipedia

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