South China Tiger
Panthera tigris amoyensis
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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