Soft pastels on velours paper.
Size 30 x 40 cm.
Panthera tigris amoyensis, South China Tiger
This is a tiger subspecies native to some provinces in the south of China.
The Souh China tiger is the smallest tiger subspecies from mainland Asia, but
bigger than the subspecies from the Sunda islands such as the Sumatran tiger.
This tiger had been classified as critically endangered and is possibly exticnt in the wild.
Rewilding project in South Africa.
Save China's Tigers aims to rewild the critically endangered South China tiger by bringing a few captive-bred individuals to South Africa for rehabilitation training for them to regain their hunting instincts. At the same time, a pilot reserve in China is being set up and the tigers will be relocated and release back in China when the reserve in China is ready. The offspring of the trained tigers will be released into the pilot reserves in China, while the original animals will stay in South Africa to continue breeding.
The reason South Africa was chosen is because it is able to provide expertise and resources, land and game for the South China tigers. The South China tigers of the project has since been successfully rewilded and are fully capable of hunting and surviving on their own.This project is also very successful in the breeding of these rewilded South China tigers and 14 cubs have been born in the project of which 11 survived. These cubs of the 2nd generation would be able to learn their survival skills from their successfully rewilded mothers directly.
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