There are more tigers in captivity than in the wild
The Asian continent is home to some of the world’s most spectacular biodiversity. For centuries the flora and fauna has evolved along side civilization and has played a pivotal role in shaping religious, tribal, and social norms in the region. They have defined the ecological landscape and their existence is intrinsically woven into the very fabric of these cultures. Yet, human greed and constant competition for resources between man and animal threatens their survival, and none is more threatened than the tiger.
Things have drastically changed in the last 100 years for tigers, the most iconic species of the Asian continent. Their habitat once spanned 22 countries, but they are now only found in 11. They have lost 93% of their historic range. Three subspecies have gone extinct and fewer than 3,900 individuals of the remaining six subspecies exist in the wild, of which less than a third are breeding females. These majestic and elusive cats are listed as “Endangered” on the International Union of the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened species.
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