The Indochinese tiger is a subspecies of tiger that is found throughout southeast Asia. Although they used to be found in southwestern China, no Indochinese tigers have been reported in the wild in China since 2007. They have not been recorded in Vietnam since 1997. Evidence suggests that there are no more breeding tigers left in Cambodia, Vietnam, and China. Due to habitat loss caused by deforestation and hunting by poachers, the Indochinese tiger population is unlikely to survive.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Indochinese tigers in the wild number less than 350! This is linked to rampant poaching, as there is significant demand for Indochinese tiger parts in traditional medicines and folk tonics.
- There are protective programs in captivity with the singular purpose of getting the Indochinese tiger to mate without any outside threats. The mating is very selective to avoid inbreeding and making the gene pool too shallow.
- The IUCN has labelled the Indochinese tiger as endangered.
- The Indochinese tiger's scientific name is Panthera tigris corbetti.