NOT MORE THAN 1200 TIGERS ARE LEFT IN INDIA.. IT'S NOW OR NEVER.. !!!!


Saturday, March 17, 2007

Comparing the Tigers

Although critically endangered, wild tigers still prowl the border of India and Bangladesh — one of the most densely populated places on earth; the western Terai of India and Nepal; the untamed borderlands of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia; and the vast boreal forests of the Russian Far East.

How many roam is the million dollar question.

"Estimating the number of tigers in a population has always been a contentious issue," says John Seidensticker, chairman of the Save the Tiger Fund Council, and senior scientist at the National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution. "Estimates provided by range countries are, in most cases, based on nothing more than optimism."

One thing for sure is that a century ago there were eight subspecies of tiger, all native to Asia. Now there are only five: The 1980s saw the last of the fearsome Javan tiger, a 250-pound animal that could take down 2,000-pound bulls. The Caspian tiger went extinct in the 1970s. And the last Bali tiger probably died in the 1940s.

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South China Tiger (Panthera tigris amoyensis)

The rarest of the world's remaining five subspecies of tigers, recently declared extinct in the wild.

DESCRIPTION: A sleek cat, the adult male averages 8-foot-3-inches tip to tail and just about 300 pounds. It's the only tiger that lives wholly within China's borders. As a subject of Chinese art and literature for 2,000 years, it is revered as a symbol of strength and power as well as the living spirit of the nation's sacred mountains.

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Amur Tiger (Panthera tigris altaica)

DESCRIPTION: Also known as the Siberian or Manchurian tiger, the Amur is the largest of the great cats. The least striped of all the subspecies. Males measure 8-feet-10-inches to 10-feet-10-inches long and weigh 419 to 675 pounds; females average 7-feet-11-inches to 9-feet long and weigh 221 to 368 pounds.

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Bengal Tiger (Panthera t. tigris)

DESCRIPTION: Males weigh in at 396 to 569 pounds and measure 8-feet-11-inches to 10-feet-2-inches long. Females weigh 220 to 352 pounds and range from 7-foot-10-inches to 8-foot-9-inches long. The underside of the Bengal is clean white; its black stripes on an orange background color are widely spaced. The stripes are like fingerprints: no two patterns are alike.

A mutation of the Bengal subspecies, white tigers have dark brown or reddish brown stripes on a white background color, and some are wholly white. Black tigers have tawny, yellow or white stripes on a black background color. The skin of a black tiger, recovered from smugglers, measured 8 1/2 feet and was displayed at the National Museum of Natural History, New Delhi. The existence of black tigers without stripes has been reported but not substantiated.

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Indochinese Tiger (Panthera tigris corbetti)

DESCRIPTION: Adult males are 8-feet-5 to 9-feet-4-inches long and females, 7-feet-7 to 8-feet-4 inches long. Males weigh 330 to 430 pounds and females, 221 to 287 pounds.

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Sumatran Tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae)

DESCRIPTION: The last of the island tigers, this cat is generally smaller than mainland tigers. The average adult male weighs 220 to 309 pounds and is 7-feet-2 to 8-feet-5 inches long; the female, 165 to 242 pounds and 7-feet to 7-feet-6-inches long.Its color is notably darker than mainland tigers, with its stripes numerous and closely spaced. In fact, it is the most striped of all the tiger subspecies.



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Aman..

4 comments:

Thalia said...

Hello Aman,

It is extremely sad that people on one hand worship tigers along with their deities, treat them as symbols of their ideals,call them sacred and on the other hand ruthlessly kill them because their skins are beautiful, their bones are precious, the tips of their tales can cure ailments and all other ridiculously selfish reasons that one cannot even imagine. It's deplorable to say the least.

Richard Ives in his book "Tigers and Men" expresses how the tiger numbers in a given forest that is projected to the outside world are almost always exaggerated. The officials want to cover up the actual abominable state of the tiger population and give an estimate which is ridiculously out of proportion - apparently according to records, Thailand is supposed to have 5000 tigers, but how can such a small country with an even smaller forest area host 5000 tigers - it is absolutely out of the question!

If the officials concerned are more engaged in creating false records and documents about how well they have managed to save the tiger rather than waking up to the gravity of the situation and doing something worthwhile,there's little wonder why so many species of tigers disappeared from the face of the earth, even before we realised what had happened.

Brijpal Singh said...

Aman bhai u have done the grate Job bro plz keep doing it ill try to submit ur site on National Geography channel love u bro tc

Brijpal Singh said...

Aman bhai u have done the grate Job bro plz keep doing it ill try to submit ur site on National Geography channel love u bro tc

EssGee said...

Hi!
It is nice that Aman has done so much work on tigers. I am quite passionate about tigers. I have written an article on Protecting tigers in the recent issue of Sanctuary Asia and one in Indian Express.
Please visit my blog to know more:
http://stripes-in-the-wild.blogspot.com/

EssGee

WHEN A MAN KILLS A TIGER, THEY CALL IT A SPORT.. WHEN A TIGER KILLS A MAN,THEY CALL IT FEROCITY.. !!!!