Big cats are beautifully exquisite creatures that everyone loves. But sooner than you think, it may be the only way to see them is by looking at an old photo. The number of tigers in the wild has been declining for 80 years now, and they might be extinct in the next decade.
Poaching, habitat loss, and fragmentation have reduced the global population of tigers from over 100,000 in the 1900′s, to less than 4,000 in the 1970′s.
Today, four of the remaining subspecies of tigers are considered endangered by the IUCN, while two of the subspecies are considered “critically” endangered. The total number of all the populations of the six remaining species of tigers (Bengal, Indochinese, Malayan, Siberian, South China, and Sumatran) is estimated to be between 3,000 – 3,600 in total.