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Panthera tigris altaica better know as the Siberian or the Amur tiger lives primarily in eastern Russia and a few are found in northeastern China and northern North Korea It is estimated that 150 to 200 tigers exist today in the wild There are roughly 490 Siberian tigers that are managed in zoos world wide and an unknown number as to how many exist privately In this century alone the Siberian tiger has managed to survive four wars two revolutions and now the brutal slaughter on their forests Wild tigers exist in Asian countries China Vietnam Cambodia Laos Thailand Malaysia Indonesia Myanmar Bangladesh Bhutan India and NepalBy this IUCN status this animal is considered to be Critical its numbers in the wild have fluctuated from an incredibly low 24 tigers in the 1940s to what IUCN now estimates is 150 to 200 in 1994 There are only three protected areas for these tigers in Russia-the Sikhote-Alin 3470 km2 Lazovsky 1165 km2 and Kedrovaya Pad 178 km2 Reserves-inland from the Sea of Japan in the Russian Far East There have been sightings of these magnificent animals in Changbaishan near the Chinese border were it was reported in a Chinese newspaper in 1990 and some are still found along the Russian border The Cat Specialist Group suggests that there are probably fewer than 50 Siberian tigers in China It is widely believed that the tigers in Russia will define the future of the species The other sites are too small to harbor tiger populations large enough for the survival of the speciesThe Law of the Russian Federation on Environmental Protection and Management of 1992 gave the Siberian tiger legal protection that they deserved Despite the law of protection poaching has received a considerable amount of attention in the press today Authorities say that the killing of tigers is a new enterprise One reason for the poaching is traditional Chinese medicine The captive
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