Tigers are descended from civet-like animals called niacis that lived during the age of the dinosaurs about 60 million years. These small mammals, with long bodies and short flexible limbs, evolved over millions of years into severalhundred different species, including cats, bears, dogs and weasels. About 37 cat species exist today. Tigers evolved in eastern Asia , but it is not exact. Sabre-tooth tigers are not the ancestors of today's tigers. In fact, sabre-tooth tigers belonged to a separate branch of cat evolution which became extinct many millions of years ago. The Siberian or Amur tiger lives primarily in eastern Russia, and a few are found in northeastern China and northern North Korea. It is estimated that 437-506 Siberian tigers still exist in the wild. About 490 captive Siberian tigers a re managed in zoo conservation programs. The South China tiger is the most critically endnagered of all tiger subspecies. They are found in central and eastern China. It is estimated that only 20-30 South China tigers are left in the wild. Currently 48 South China tigers live in 19 zoos, all in China. The distribution of the Indochinese tiger is centered in Thailand, and is found in Myanmar, southern China, CAnbodia, Laos, Vietnam, and penisular Malaysia. About 1,180- 1,790 Indochines tigers are left in the wild and about 60 live in zoos. Bengal tigers live in India, and some range through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Myanmar. The estimated wild population is approzimately 3,060- 4,735 tigers, with about 333 in captivity, primarily in zoos in India. White tigers are just white-colored Bengal tigers. They ae not a separate subspecies of tiger, and they are no albinos. They have blue eyes, a pink nose, and creamy white fur with chocolate colored 1
striipes, White tigers are only born when two tigers that both carry the unusual gene for white oloring mate, Wild white tigers are very rare, and todayt they can only be.
Project Tiger in India
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