Good News for the Beautiful Beast
Popularly topping polls of people’s favorite animal, tigers are some of the world’s largest cat species, but their natural habitat across Asia, including some of the most populated areas of the planet, have led to significant problems with humans in the past.
Between hunting, habitat destruction, and habitat fragmentation, all six subspecies of tigers are classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and despite being one of the most recognizable and popular animals on the planet, their numbers have significantly dwindled over the past century alone.
Now, finally, there is some great news for the world tiger population.
Here’s what the World Wildlife Fund had to say…
Though their natural habitat once ranged from Turkey to the eastern seaboard of Russia, tigers have lost 93% of their range in the past 100 years alone.
Tigers are estimated to have lost 41% of their habitat in the past 26 years alone.
Of the 10 recognized subspecies of tigers, only 6 are still alive today. 3 of these went extinct in the mid-20th century.
Today’s remaining subspecies are the Bengal tiger, the Indochinese tiger, the Malayan tiger, the Siberian tiger, the South China tiger, and the Sumatran tiger.
The Trinil went extinct in prehistoric times, but the Bali tiger was hunted into extinction in 1937, and the Caspian and Javan tigers went extinct in the 1970s.