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Here is some detailed information on the south china tiger.
The South China tiger or South Chinese tiger (Panthera tigris
amoyensis), also known as the Chinese, Amoy, or Xiamen tiger, is a subspecies of tiger
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 world, 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.
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).
The South China tiger, like all other subspecies of tigers, are pure carnivores. The South
China tiger prefers prey ranging between 30-400 lbs and have been known to eat livestock
like cows and goats in the past when their population was much higher. They are expert
hunters and will stalk and follow their prey for hours. South China tigers have an average
speed of around 35mph, faster than most of its prey species, but they do not have enough
stamina to maintain their top speed for long.
The South China tiger, Panthera tigris amoyensis, was formerly
abundant in South China's temperate upland forests. Today its wide range has been reduced
to three isolated areas in south-central China, where small and scattered populations are
said to persist along the mountainous borders between provinces. As with the Black-footed
Ferret, one of the biggest contributing factors to the South China tigers' dwindling
population is the destruction of its prey base. Two other major factors that have
contributed to the tigers decline are poaching and population fragmentation. South
China tigers, like other tiger subspecies, live in dense jungles. South China tigers also
love spending time in water, similar to other tiger subspecies.
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