#17 South China Tiger
Scientific Name: Panthera tigris amoyensis
These tigers have the popular fur pattern often found in cartoon tigers: bright orange base with black stripes and white underbelly fur. Unfortunately, their numbers have been dwindling since the 1980’s, when there was between as estimated thirty to eighty individuals less. It’s been less than twenty five years since they’ve been seen in the wild, marking them ‘functionally distinct’ in the scientific community. However, there are breeding programs that use captive tigers in hopes of reintroducing them to the wild when there are enough individuals to do so.