China Tigers - Panthera tigris amoyensis - Stem Tiger
China Tiger is the most CRITICALLY ENDANGERED of
all of the living tiger subspecies. Considered by many experts
as the "Stem"
tiger. The subspecies in which all other tigers may
have evolved from! Wild populations are less then 30 animals.
In addition to
wild populations, about 50 individuals live in zoos, all located
with-in China. Unfortunitly all of these animals were decentants
of only six "Founder Animals". As a result, very limited
genetic diversity exists for a captive breading program.
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once ranged throughout central China. Reports in 1949 estimated
that there was more then 4000 South China Tigers. Unfortunately,
from 1950-1960, governmental "Anti-pest Campaigns" were
responsible for the deaths of more than one thousand animals.
By 1982 less then 200 animals were estimate to exist. Today,
stated above, there are less then thirty wild South China Tigers.
Like the Sumatran
Tiger, the S. China Tiger is also one of the smaller tiger subspecies.
Males average 300 - 350 pounds in weight, and females 200 - 250
pounds respectively. This cat is so rare in the wild that man
has hardly observed it in recent times. As a result very little
is known about its behavioral habits and prey items.
The only hope
for saving this regal cat can only be accomplished threw an extremely
well planned out captive breading program. This would require
the capture of some wild animals to insure better genetic diversity.
The South China Tiger is so close to EXTINCTION! If it is lost
it would mean that 4 out of the 8 tiger subspecies have been wiped
out forever in the last half-century.
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