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South China Tiger (Panthera Tigris Amoyensis)South China Tiger (Panthera Tigris Amoyensis)
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Scientific Name:
The name of the animal in science
Panthera Tigris Amoyensis
The animal group that the species belongs to
What kind of foods the animal eats
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
2.3m - 2.8m (7.5ft - 9ft)
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
100kg - 195kg (221lbs - 430lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
96km/h (60mph)
How long the animal lives for
18 - 25 years
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Orange, Black, White
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Favourite Food:
The preferred food of this animal
The specific area where the animal lives
Dense tropical forest
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from
Deer, Cattle, Wild Boar
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Special Features:
Characteristics unique to this animal
Striped fur and powerful body

South China Tiger Location

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South China Tiger

The South China tiger (also known as the Amoy, Chinese or Xiamen tiger) is a smaller-sized subspecies of tiger native to the forests of southern China. The South China tiger is the most critically endangered tiger species with only a handful left in the wild.

The South China tiger is natively found in the temperate upland forests of southern China, where its once wide range has now been reduced to a few isolated populations, which are said to be found inhabiting the mountainous borders between provinces.

The South China tiger is one of the smallest species of tiger behind the Sumatran tiger and the Malayan tiger. As with the other smaller sized tiger species, the small size of the South China tiger allows it to move through the dense jungle more easily.

Like other tiger species, the South China tiger is known to be a strong and capable swimmer, often able to catch its prey when it's in the water. This hunting strategy only works however if the South China tiger is faster than the animal it is hunting.

The South China tiger is a dominant and carnivorous predator, hunting its prey by stalking it until the South China tiger has the opportunity to catch it off guard. South China tigers primarily hunt larger mammals including deer, wild boar, cattle and goats.

Due to the size and power of the South China tiger, it has no natural predators in its native environment. Humans that hunt the South China tiger and habitat loss are the only threats to the South China tiger.

After a gestation period of 3 to 4 months, the female South China tiger gives birth to up to 5 cubs. Newborn South China tiger cubs weigh about 1 kg (2 lb) and are blind and helpless. The mother feeds them milk for about 2 months and then the South China tiger cubs are introduced to meat. South China tiger cubs depend on their mother for the first 18 months and then they start hunting on their own.

Today, due to habitat loss caused by deforestation, and hunting by human poachers, the South China tiger is considered to be a critically endangered species. The South China tiger is the most critically endangered species of tiger and one of the 10 most endangered animals in the world, as there are thought to be less than 20 South China tigers left in the wild.

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South China Tiger Translations

Südchinesischer Tiger
South China Tiger, Amoy Tiger
Tigre del Sur de China o de Amoy
Tigre de Chine méridionale
Južnokineski tigar
Dél-kínai tigris
Noord-Indochinese tijger
Tygrys chiński
Tigre do Sul da China

South China Tiger Comments

"I am doing a project and knowing that the are critically endangered breaks my heart.We need to protect (stand up) for south china tigers.I really hope to meet one.Together we can save white china tigers.Don't be afraid,stop south china tigers hunters from hunting them.We need to protect these majestic animals.Let your voice be heard today."
"I love this article because it gave me a lot of facts about it and it is also my favorite animal. "
"The south China tiger is sooooooooooooo pretty and cute and critically endangered "
"I think people need to stop hunting the beautiful tigers for their fur. We are going to lose them and many more species if we dont. It will cause lots of problems for everyone. "
"it is so sad that we kill them i think we can raise lots of money "
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First Published: 27th May 2010, Last Updated: 8th November 2019

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