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Indochinese Tiger

Asia

1500

Panthera tigris corbetti

Endangered

  • Trophy hunting
  • Illegal wildlife trade of tiger products
  • High demand for tiger meat
  • Shrinking habitat due to conversion to agricultural plantations, mining sites, and man-made infrastructures
  • Human-tiger conflict

The Indochinese Tiger population can be found in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and south-western China. This apex predator once roamed freely and unchallenged within the jungles and tropical forests of the southeast Asian region. With only 1,500 remaining individuals, it is being driven into extinction by an even deadlier predator: humans.

This tiger subspecies is the most highly targeted among its kind, with at least one death every week at the hands of poachers. There is relentless hunting for this carnivorous mammal as its meat commands a high price in the black market while its different body parts serve as status symbol or ingredients for traditional medicine. They are even sold as exotic pets for oligarchs all over the world.

But the biggest threat to its already dwindling population is the continued destruction of its habitat to make way for human settlements and man-made developments. This results in reduction of prey options and an increase in the incidents of human-tiger conflicts.