Sunday, November 11, 2007

Corbett's Tiger

Indochinese Tiger The Indochinese tiger (Panthera tigris corbetti), also called Corbett's tiger, is originate in Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, preferring to stay alive in forests in mountainous or hilly regions. Estimates of its inhabitants vary between 1,200 to 1,800, with only several hundred left in the wild, but it seems likely that the number is in the lower part of the range; it is considered Endangered. The largest present population is in Malaysia, where illegal poaching is strictly controlled, but all existing populations are at extreme risk from habitat fragmentation and inbreeding. In Vietnam, nearly three-quarters of the tigers killed provide stock for Chinese pharmacies. Also, the tigers are seen by poor natives as a resource through which they can ease poverty. Indochinese tigers are less significant and darker than Bengal tigers. Males weigh up from 150–190 kg (330–420 lb) on average while females are smaller at 110–140 kg (242–308 lb). Their go on a diet consists of wild pigs, cattle and deer; The Indochinese tiger is a carnivore.

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