Chinese tiger numbers fall to new low


The population of wild tigers in China has now fallen to just 50 across the entire country, according to a report by the US-based Wildlife Conservation Society.

Twenty years ago the tiger was relatively common in some parts of China. Now there are only 20 Siberian tigers in the northeast, 15 Bengal tigers in Tibet and ten Indonesian tigers in the southwest.

The Southern Chinese tiger may well be extinct – none have been seen in the wild since the late 1970s, while there were around 4,000 in the 1950s.

Last month China and 12 other Asian countries agreed to make efforts to save wild tigers from extinction.


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