Good afternoon from T.I.G.E.R.S in Myrtle Beach! The tour has closed for the season but we all must remain mindful of the efforts of the program which provides wildlife education, organization, and dedication to promoting global conservation.
Meet 3 of China’s Most Endangered Species
Chinese Giant Salamander
Even though the Chinese Giant Salamander is widespread in China, it’s also highly fragmented, according to the IUCN Red List. Because of overexploitation for human consumption, the salamander has experienced a major population decline — over 80 percent over 3 generations. The salamander’s habitat has also been severely destroyed and degraded.
Apart from being one of the rarest as alligators in the world, the Chinese alligator is also one of their most endangered with less than 150 fragmented individuals left in the wild. According to Crocodiles of the World, even though the alligators live in a special reserve, the reserve can’t replace the “[t]housands of hectares of former alligator habitat [that] have been converted into agricultural lands.” Locals also view them as a nuisance since they eat ducks and destroy irrigation channels, so there’s little to no local effort to conserve them.
South China Tiger
According to the IUCN Red List, some experts believe that the South China Tiger is already extinct in the wild. In the 1950s, there was an estimated 4,000 tigers. But a combination of “low prey density, widespread habitat degradation and fragmentation, and other human pressures” has brought us to the point of possible extinction. Sadly, no official or biologist has physically seen a tiger since the early 1970s.
Take Action! – By: Jessica Ramos
T.I.G.E.R.S is the only place in the world where you get to meet the Liger, the world’s largest cat as seen in the 2006 and 2014 Guiness Book of World Records!