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Year Of The Tiger? (PHOTOS): Threats Facing The Tiger

Huffington Post     First Posted: 05/08/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 04:45 PM ET

It may be the chinese Year of the Tiger, but not from where the tigers are standing. The Bali, Javan, and Caspian tigers have already gone extinct, while the remaining six sub-species (Amur, Bengal, Indochinese, Malayan, South China and Sumatran) are critically endangered. According to the World Wildlife Fund, with as few as 3,200 surviving in the wild, the tiger faces extinction by the next Year of the Tiger in 2022. This isn't helped by the fact that in some parts of the world, tigers are worth more dead than alive. We're taking a look at how the tiger ended up in its current situation and what is being done to save them this Year of the Tiger.

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Having skins have become a status symbol among China's rich, with pelts going for $20,000. According to The New York Times, the biggest threat to Asia's tigers is China's appetite for tiger parts.
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