South Chinese - Page 1&2:
In The Wild | 3&4:
In Captivity | 5:
Subspecies Description |
6: Weight & Length Figures | 7: Conservation
The original tiger form:
It is believed that the South Chinese tiger is the original form from which all other subspecies developed. Tigers then spread throughout the forests of Asia, adapting to local conditions.
In support of this theory is the South Chinese tiger's more primitive skull form, which includes closer-set eyes than other subspecies and a shortened cranium.
Historically, these tigers have played a huge part in China's arts, painting, and superstition. Tiger bone wine is a favoured drink in China and tiger organs have been used for centuries in Chinese folk medicines; to this day the native people are convinced of their beneficial properties. This produces a thriving black market in tiger parts and products.
Habitat and description:
The South Chinese tiger's natural habitat includes forests and rocky mountains. In past times many made their home in coastal caves near the island of Amoy. Because of this they also became known as the Amoy tiger.
South Chinese tigers are one of the darker subspecies and also more closely striped than their distant relatives. The tail of this subspecies does not taper off, but ends abruptly.