Tigers - Panthera tigris
The wild tiger is an iconic symbol of conservation. Nine different subspecies of this carnivore are recognized, three of which became extinct in the latter part of the 20th century : the Bali , Javan and Caspian tigers. The remaining subspecies are the Siberian, South China, Sumatran, Indochinese, Malayan and Bengal tigers.
Their characteristic dark, vertical stripes patterning the body vary in their width, spacing, and length, and whether they are single or double stripes. The pattern and distribution of the stripes is unique to each tiger.|
Poaching and habitat loss have occurred throughout much of the wild tiger's range and is now severely threatening its survival; as land becomes rapidly developed to meet the increasing demands of the Asian population, tiger populations become isolated in remaining fragments of wilderness and will ultimately die out.
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