Endangered species: Tigers

There are six species of tiger still in existence. They are found in Siberia,India and South-east Asia.

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(This is Siberian tiger)

– 50 years ago,tigers were common throughout much of Asia,living in many different habitats from tropical forest to semi-desert.

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( This is India tiger)

-Because people thought they were dangerous,they were hunted and trapped and tiger skins were considered very valuable.

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(This is White tiger)

-By 1970 there were fewer than 5,000 tigers left and many of their habitats had been destroyed. In 1972, Operation Tiger was launched: tigers were protected by law and reserves were created to protect the species. Gradually numbers began to incerase and there are now some 8,000 tigers living in the wild.

And most beautiful tiger in my opinion is Gray Tiger or Maltese ”blue” Tiger. 

The Maltese tiger, or blue tiger, is a reported but unproven coloration morph of a tiger, reported mostly in the Fujian Province of China. It is said to have bluish fur with dark grey stripes. Most of the Maltese tigers reported have been of the South Chinese subspecies. The South Chinese tiger today is critically endangered, due to their illegal and continued use in traditional Chinese medicine[1] and the “blue” alleles may be wholly extinct. Blue tigers have also been reported in Korea.

The term “Maltese” comes from domestic cat terminology for blue fur, and refers to the slate grey coloration. Many cats with such colouration are present in Malta, which may have given rise to the use of the adjective in this context.

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