Of all the subspecies of tigers, the South China tiger is the most endangered. One has not been sighted in the wild in 25 years, causing the South China tiger to be classified as “functionally extinct”, although there are a few individuals that live in captivity.
The South China Tiger is the most critically endangered subspecies of tiger and is also listed as one of the 10 most endangered animals in the world. It is one of the smaller tiger subspecies with lengths ranging from 2.2-2.6 meters. Between 1938 and 2007, no South China Tigers were spotted and the one spotted in 2007 was exposed as a fake. There are currently only 59 known captive South China Tigers, all to have been descended from six animals. Because of this lack of genetic diversity, it maybe too late to save this subspecies of tiger.
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