Preventing the extinction of the South China tiger depends fundamentally on breeding -
South China tigers today are descended from only 6 individuals caught in the 1950s and have therefore been reproducing in captivity with close relatives for many years. This presents a number of challenges. For example, loss of genetic diversity, can cause a potential overall reduction in the health of a species.
However, other species have survived genetic bottlenecks, including: Pere David’s deer, black-
An important pillar of the Chinese Tiger Project is a well-
Laohu Valley Reserve had its first two sexually mature females, Cathay and Madonna, in 2005 and 2006. Recent years has seen the birth of another healthy female cub followed by triplets – important milestones in creating a viable base population of healthy individuals for later reintroduction in China.
We now have 9 females and a healthy total population of 19 South China tigers.
An important pillar of the South China Tiger Project is a well-
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