The tiger is the largest cat species. There are many subspecies of tigers, the largest of the subspecies being the Siberian tiger.
Three subspecies that are already extinct are: the Bali tiger, Javan tiger and Caspian tiger.
The Amoy tiger from South China is believed to also be extinct; there hasn’t been a sighting for over 25 years.
What remain of the subspecies of tiger are:
- The Siberian tiger (amur) with fewer than 400 left in the wild.
- The Indo-Chinese tiger with fewer than 1,785 left in the wild.
- The Sumatran tiger with fewer than 500 left in the wild.
- The Bengal (Indian) tiger with fewer than 4,556 left in the wild.
The subspecies that remain are in danger of poaching for their bones, skins and organs. Every part of a tiger is used for traditional Chinese medicines. Many body parts can be sold for thousands of pounds.There is an illegal trade out of India and Russia with the US the biggest source for providing medicines outside of Asia.
Tigers could be found in eastern Turkey to Far East Russia and south of Bali and Java. Now tigers can only be found in parts of India, South East Asia, Sumatra and a small number in China.
Tigers are being poached everyday; cubs often see their mother die in front of them and this can be very traumatic. They need help to make sure they can adapt in the wild and there are many sanctuaries that can do this with our help. They rely heavily on donations from goodwill.
We can help the dwindling population by adopting endangered tigers.
When doing this you will get a picture of the tiger you have chosen to adopt, a fact sheet and in some cases a cuddly toy. It is fast becoming a favourite present ideal for any occasion.
It will help pay vet bills and it will help cover the costs of feeding as tigers have very big appetites.
Young or old the donation you provide will go a long way and will be much appreciated.