Talk:South China tiger

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Extinct in the Wild lists South China Tiger as such. --  DasRakel    17:58, 13 October 2009 (UTC)

Contradictory? "There have been no recorded sightings in the wild during the last 20 years,as it is becoming extinct and the last known wild South Chinese Tiger was shot and killed in 1994."

More contradiction: A total of 47 South China tigers exist in captivity in 18 zoos and The 68 captive South China tigers probably represent a population too small Hanfresco 04:51, 16 December 2006 (UTC)


In Today's News:

Controversial tiger photos faked Mon Jun 30, 1:01 PM ET

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has fired a number of government officials and arrested a man in connection with a set of fake photographs that local authorities had said was proof of the existence of a highly endangered tiger.

In October, forestry officials in Zhenping county in northern Shaanxi province published photos of a tiger in a forest setting, saying they were proof of the existence of the South China tiger. A local farmer who produced the photos was paid a 20,000 yuan ($2,900) reward.

Nine months later, officials admitted the photos were faked, state media said, citing sources at a press conference held by the Shaanxi province government.

Thirteen local officials, including Zhu Julong, deputy head of the province's forestry bureau, and its top wildlife official Wang Wanyun, were sacked, Xinhua said.

Zhou Zhenglong, the farmer who claimed to have taken the photo using a digital camera, was arrested on suspicion of fraud, Xinhua said, after police seized a picture of a tiger which he borrowed from a farmer in another village to produce the photos.

The scandal has captivated local media and many Chinese who have viewed the saga as symbolic of common people's lack of trust in local authorities.

China has been rocked by a number of major scandals involving official endorsement of photos of rare wildlife in recent years.

In February, the chief editor of a Chinese newspaper quit after one its photographers faked a prize-winning photo of endangered Tibetan antelopes appearing unfazed by a passing train on the Qinghai-Tibet railway.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Jeremy Laurence) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:22, 30 June 2008 (UTC)

At this very moment I am collecting information about this very rare cat. I will be organizing the article into sections. If anyone has any credible information about this critically endangered cat please contribute to the article. Thanks, Malix 1:48 EST, December 9, 2005.

I think there is no need to link words like "photograph" and "evidence" to the wikipedia articles for what is a photograph. I thought clicking those words would link to the tiger photograph or the new evidence found for this tiger, but simply linking every word to the wikipedia article is kinda distracting and unecessary. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:22, 19 October 2007 (UTC)

Physical characteristics[edit]

What are the sources for the size and coat pattern of this subspecies?--Altaileopard 11:08, 12 March 2007 (UTC)

  • "This tiger is an estimated 2-6 ft tall." Should this read "2.6" feet?

About the persecution during Mao's years[edit]

I had some doubts about the persecution that the South Chinese tiger suffered during the Mao Zedong's area, during the years of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution:

  • 1-Had the fanatical Red Guards participated in those massacres??
  • 2-And Mao also viewed the tigers as a symbol of the Old China that he intended to eliminated??

--Nogai Khan (talk) 04:18, 7 April 2008 (UTC)

Also, the completely unsourced nature of that assertion seems suspect. I've seen other references to the event on other webpages, so I assume it's true, but I've yet to find a source that specifically states that the Great Leap Forward pushed the tiger killings and the lack of a citation doesn't do much to help. Mt xing (talk) 17:19, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

should this maybe be moved to South China tiger?[edit]

should this maybe be moved to South China tiger? --Emesee (talk) 03:06, 6 May 2008 (UTC)

Broken article[edit]

It seems the latest revisions by have deleted parts of the article. I'm suggesting these changed to be undone if others agree.

-- (talk) 14:17, 11 June 2009 (UTC)

ambiguous phrasing[edit]

"A 1987 field survey by Chinese scientists reported a few tigers remaining in the Guangdong mountains bordering Hunan and Jiangxi, and another survey in 1990 noted evidence of about a dozen tigers in 11 reserves in the remote mountains of Guangdong, Hunan, and Fujian Provinces of South China. No tigers were seen. The only evidence came from anecdotal stories of former hunters." I have read this several times and it always comes out as "Scientists saw some tigers. No tigers were see. Evidence comes from former hunters." I have no idea what this is trying to say. I went to the cited source which has the exact same ambiguous wording (shouldn't this be in quotes then?). Anyone have any ideas about what that's trying to say?JediRogue (talk) 06:24, 17 July 2009 (UTC)

Extinct in the Wild[edit]

Why ? according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is CR (Critically Endangered). -- (talk) 13:42, 28 June 2010 (UTC)

The IUCN probably faces difficulty confirming extinction in the wild with the South Chinese Tiger in spite of that being the overwhelmingly likely conclusion based on the facts. Those classified as extinct in the wild tend to be ones that are either entirely obvious, as the Barbary Lion, or well researched and proven to no longer be present in the wild as in the Scimitar Oryx. Last I checked China has made it difficult for foreign scientists to do their own research and lacking credible sources their own claims can hardly be trusted. Indeed if you look at where they're focusing their conservation efforts, on captive breeding and rewilding, you get a sense that they've given up on the mythical wild population and gone for techniques that have had limited success with tigers before but now remain the only option for the South Chinese tiger. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:21, 6 April 2011 (UTC)