Few organizations are working towards the protection of these big cats. Among them is 'Save China's Tigers', a charity founded in the year 2000 to act for the welfare of these critically endangered felines. Based in Laohu Valley Reserve near Philippolis, South Africa, this conservation group aims to increase the numbers of the South Chinese Tigers in captivity to an extent where they can be successfully reintroduced to designated wildlife parks in China. It's a rewilding project in essence and works by teaching captive bred tigers to hunt and fend for themselves in the wild.
Starting with just a couple of cubs, Save China's Tigers has made great headway in the last few years. Three litters of tiger cubs have been born in the South African reserve, and adults have all successfully demonstrated their ability to independently catch wild prey. Still, it is early days in the conservation of the Chinese tigers and it remains to be seen if sufficient numbers of these majestic cats can be reached so that they can sustain themselves in the wild and survive as a subspecies. One thing is for certain - this is the last chance for the South Chinese tigers, believed by some to be the oldest tigers of them all, and it still requires a lot of initiative and effort on part of conservationists and scientists before the roar of the tiger is heard once again in the forests of China.
To learn more about their conservation efforts and support them in their tireless endeavours for the protection of these beautiful big cats, visit the website of Save China's Tigers here: english.savechinastigers.org