The beautiful Amur Tiger of Siberia is the world’s largest wild cat and can weigh up to eight times that of a human. But because hunters tracked down these tigers for their brilliant gold and black fur or killed them for their use in creating traditional Chinese medicines, their numbers plummeted to only around 40 by the mid twentieth century. Fortunately, conservation efforts to revive Amur tigers have led to the animal’s comeback, and today local timber companies are preserving important areas of its habitat, and hunters are conserving its food supply of wild boar and deer, to help keep its numbers at a healthy 500 or so. Now that’s something to purr about!
October 20, 2008 by Craig Rucker,
Craig Rucker is the executive director and co-founder of CFACT.