Saturday, 28 June 2014

The Last Wild Tigers


An in-depth report from the scattered remaining strongholds of these beleaguered—and magnificent—creatures.

BY PETER MATTHIESSEN
Published: 06/25/2014

At the turn of this century, by general estimate, 100,000 tigers shambled over a vast range of Asia extending from southern India to the Siberian taiga and from the equatorial tropics of Java and Bali to the Transcaucasus and eastern Turkey. By 1950 one authority was already predicting that "the species is now on its way to extinction"; three years from now, when the present century ends, perhaps no more than 2,500 scattered individuals of Panthera tigris will still wander a few isolated regions of their former range.

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