The South China tiger
or South Chinese tiger
(Panthera tigris amoyensis
), also known as the Chinese, Amoy, or Xiamen tiger, is a subspecies
native to the forests of Southern China
. The South China tiger is one of the smaller and it is the most critically endangered of any of the living tiger subspecies. Experts maintain that there are fewer than 20 of these tigers left in the wild, and warn that it might become extinct
within the next decade. One was recently born in a reserve in South Africa
in November 2007, the first to be born outside China
. In October 2007, the forestry department of Zhenping county, Shaanxi
published photographs of P. t. amoyensis
in its native habitat, but these were later debunked after an investigation.
The South China tiger is one of the smallest tiger subspecies
. Male tigers measure about 2.6 m (8 ft) from head to tail and weigh about 150 kg (330 lb). Female tigers are smaller, measuring about 2.3 m (7 ft) long. They weigh approximately 110 kg (240 lbs). The short, broad stripes of the South China tiger
are spaced far apart compared to those of......