“Amoy tiger at root of endangered tiger tree”

If the genetic tree for any living animal has a root,  the South China tiger (Panthera tigris amoyensis) also known as Amoy, or Xiamen tiger is possibly the genetic mother for the tigers.  It is smaller and the most critically endangered of all living tiger subspecies. Possibly fewer than 20 of these tigers are left in the wild. The South China tiger is considered one of the world’s 10 most endangered animals.

Can we save them from extinction?

Male tigers measure about 2.6 m (8 ft) from head to tail and weigh about 150 kg (330 lb). Female tigers are smaller, measuring about 2.3 m (7 1/2 ft) long. They weigh approximately 110 kg (240 lbs). Both have short, broad stripes spaced farther apart than those of Bengal and Amur tigers.

These tiger prefer to eat animals from insects to humans (not recently) that weigh 30-400 lbs. They are known to stalk and follow their prey for hours. They can run in short bursts of speed averaging 35 mph, to catch its prey, but lack the stamina to maintain their top speed for long. These big cats kill their prey by suffocating it similar to cheetah kill technique. South China tigers can feed on almost anything, from small insects to Gaurs.


Man nearly exterminated the tigers in the beginning of the 20th century.
In 1959, Mao Zedong, during the “Great Leap Forward”, ordered the elimination of the tiger, leopards and wolves as “enemies of the people”, because they attacked farmers and villagers.The wild tiger population of the South China tiger fell from more than 4,000 to less than 200 by 1982. The Chinese government then reversed the classification of the tiger, banning hunting altogether in 1977, but this seems to have been too late.

Does not this seem like the same cycle of destruction then attempted preservation that is happening to many of our endangered animals today?

For twenty years now, no one has seen the South China tiger in the wild. Today there may only be 20 to 30 South Chinese subspecies living in the Chinese provinces of Guangdong, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang.

Rewilding is being tried in China by savechinastigers.org


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“Saving our creatures-One fluttering inch at a times”

Only about an inch (2.5 centimeters) across its wings, The critically endangered Palos Verdes Blue butterflies are flying again over California thanks to several small groups of dedicated scientists and volunteers.
This beautiful little blue butterfly is native to the  LA coastal dune areas. It nearly went into oblivion from man  eliminating its habitat for housing projects.  The male has a bright silvery-blue dorsal wing outlined in a narrow line of black, while the female’s dorsal wing is a more brownish-gray color. Both males and females have gray ventral(under) wings with dark spots surrounded by white rings.
Eighty endangered Palos Verdes Blue butterflies, each bred in captivity, took flight for the first

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time. It’s a step toward saving the insect from extinction by installing and maintaining coastal sage scrub habitat  The Urban Wildlands Group, a nonprofit organization and Moorpark College.

Another success story created by The UWG for another California critically endangered butterfly that lived on the dunes around the Santa Monica beach areas. Researchers knew this butterfly lived its entire live on one plant. They replaced the nonnative African ice plants on the dunes with the native Lotus scoparius, deerweed, for the reintroduction of the El Segundo Blue butterfly. Much to their surprise the supposedly extinct butterfly returned on its own.

Thanks to The Urban Wildlands Group for saving this species, restoring its habitat, and providing a shining example of ways we can restore ecological in urban areas.


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