How Many Tigers Are Left in the World?
Everywhere they live, tiger populations are threatened.
How many Indochine tigers are left in the world?
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WWF reports that in many of the places where listed-Endangered Indochinese tigers were once known to live, the cats have not been seen in some time. By their estimates, there are 250 individuals living on the Thailand-Myanmar border, with perhaps another 100 individuals spread out across its remaining range. The organization is looking at places where tigers bred in captivity might be reintroduced, such as the forests of Lower Mekong, Southern Laos, and Central Vietnam.
Siberian Tiger (Panthera tigris altaica)
Also known as Amur tigers, these cats that are native to the frigid regions of far eastern Russia, northern China, and Korea, “have the largest home range of any tiger subspecies because they have to search over large areas to find food due to low prey densities,” according to WWF. They are the largest of the tigers, and the largest of all the cats, with males weighing as much as 660 pounds.
Siberian tiger facts
According to National Geographic, Siberian tigers have one advantage over the other subspecies: “Northern forests offer the lowest human density of any tiger habitat and the most complete ecosystem. The vast woodlands also allow tigers far more room to roam, as Russia’s timber industry is currently less extensive than that of many other countries.” Although they are listed as endangered, they are also, at least for the moment, considered stable.
How many Siberian tigers are left in the world?
Hunted practically to extinction in the 1940s, Russia eventually granted Siberian tigers full protection and in the 1980s, the population bounced back to around 500 individuals, although poaching continued. Today, it numbers around 540 individuals in the wild. Its habitat has been reduced to the “Sikhote-Alin range in the Primorski and Khabarovsk provinces of the Russian Far East, small pockets in the border areas of China and possibly in North Korea,” reports WWF. Still with conservation efforts, hopefully, the Siberian tigers can join the list of animals that came back from the brink of extinction.