Actually there are thousands left and it is the most numerous of the tiger subspecies. The methodology for counting the Bengal tiger has changed in India, but the most recent estimate in 2007 was 1,411 tigers. Most Bengal tigers are found in India and they have been living there for the past 12,000 years and also occur in Nepal, Bangladesh, and Bhutan.
The tigers that have been extinct are the Balinese, Caspian and Javan. These tiger species became extinct due mainly to hunting.
Tigers are vanishing from the Earth. Of eight subspecies, three, the Bali, Caspian and Javan tigers,have become extinct in the past 50 to 70 years. The remaining five subspecies, the Bengal Tigers (sometimes called as Indian tigers), Indochinese, Siberian, South China and Sumatran tigers, are endangered and in serious jeopardy of following in the paw-prints of their brothers.
Tigers are also hunted illegally for parts, which are used in traditional Chinese medicines, and can fetch high prices on the black market.
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