Tigers - Panthera tigris corbetti
Tiger is described
as a distinct subspecies as recent as 1968, corbetti is a
darker, and less boldly striped tiger then the Bengal subspecies
found in India. Males can reach a length of 9 feet and obtain
a weight of 400 pounds. Female Indochinese Tigers like other
female tiger subspecies, are smaller then their male counterparts.
achieve a head to tail length of eight feet and weigh approximately
as 1930, there was an estimated three thousand Indochinese Tigers
in Malaysia alone. Due to the rapid spread of firearms and the
opening of forests for agriculture, human settlement, and mining,
these numbers have drastically declined. It is estimated that
only 1200 to 1800 Indochinese Tigers are left in the wild; with
an additional 60 animals being maintained in American and Asian
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wild populations of Indochinese Tigers now live in Thailand. They
also inhabit southern China, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and parts
of the Malaysia peninsular. Within this range, corbetti inhabits
the remote forests hills and mountainous terrain of the region.
Much of this terrain lies between the borders of multiple countries
with extremely limited access. Due to the restricted status of
these areas, biologists have only recently been grated permits
to study this rare feline in the field. As a result, very little
is known about this subspecies' status and behaviors in the wild.
Let us all
hope that the various captive management programs are successful
in their attempts to save this unique subspecies of tiger. Without
human intervention it will surely become EXTINCT!
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