Tigers are the biggest cats in the world. They live in steamy hot jungles as well as icy cold forests. There are five different kinds or subspecies of tiger alive in the world today. These tigers are called Siberian, South China, Indochinese, Bengal, andSumatran. Their Latin name is Panthera tigris. Tigers are an endangered species; only about 5,000 to 7,400 tigers are left in the wild. Three tiger subspecies, the Bali, Javan, and Caspian tigers have become extinct in the past 70 years.
As the top predator in forest ecosystems for the past two million years, tigers are an umbrella species, playing a crucial role in ecological processes. Despite conservation efforts, wild tiger populations are on a rapid decline - from 100,000 at the turn of the 20th century - to fewer than 3,200 remaining in the wild today across thirteen countries, representing a 97% decline and the extinction of 3 sub-species. Tigers are poached for traditional medicinal uses and decorations. China is said to be the largest market for tiger products, with demand also coming from Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and the US.
They are some of the most beautiful, graceful, and powerful animals on earth and they are being slaughtered to the point of extinction. There are five tiger subspecies left out of the original eight. Current estimates range between 5,000 to 7,500 tigers are left in the wild today. There is no way of telling how accurate these numbers are and it's feared that the actual number of tigers in the world today is much lower. Some estimate that the remaining tiger population will be totally eradicated by the turn of the century or soon after. This site is here to provide information on tigers, pictures, and links to other sites dealing with tigers and how to help them survive. We must do everything we can to save the tigers!
In the 1970's we came dangerously close to losing forever one of the world most magnificent creatures. Poaching, deforestation, and human expansion brought all species of tiger to the brink of extinction. Indeed, over the past century, 3 of the 8 sub-species that existed became extinct; the Caspian, Javan and Balinese tigers. Today, we are by no means out of the woods. All remaining sub-species of tiger are endangered, making the tiger species as a whole nearly extinct.