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The South China tiger is the ancestral root of all tigers, a national, cultural icon of China, and yet it is the most critically endangered of tigers with about 100 left in captivity.

Our mission is to restore, reintroduce and protect a genetically viable population of South China tigers and its biodiverse ecosystem.


The South China Tiger, also known as the ‘Chinese’, or ‘Amoy’ tiger is considered critically endangered by the IUCN. There are few, if any in the wild, with the last confirmed sighting over two decades ago. There are currently about 100 in captivity in Chinese zoos, reserves and in the care of

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South China Tiger

PHILIPPOLIS, South Africa, Nov. 20, 2015

The global population of critically endangered South China tigers has just increased 2 percent!

Stuart Bray, Chairman of Save China’s Tigers, announced today that two South China tiger cubs have been born at Laohu Valley Reserve, Free State, South Africa. The mother, ‘Cathay’ was born in a Chinese zoo and transported to South Africa in 2004 and then ‘rewilded’ on the Chinese Tiger Project’s 300 km2 reserve. The father was King Henry who was born on the reserve in 2008.

The cubs were born unobserved in conditions that replicate the free-ranging wildlife reserves in China into which they will later be reintroduced. This brings to 20 the number of South China tigers at Laohu Valley Reserve, or nearly 20% of the world population of this endangered subspecies that is considered the root ancestor of all tigers.

The cubs appear healthy but the sex is not, as yet, determined and will soon be carefully assessed by our expert team of wildlife managers. The Chinese Tiger Project began in 2002 and continues to work with its partner, the China's State Forestry Administration in the planned establishment of large, protected reserves in China for the return of the tigers.

Two New



Tigress Cathay moves a cub while another hides in the bushes.