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The South China Tiger is also known as the "Chinese tiger", "Amoy tiger", or "Xiamen" tiger, is a subspecies of tiger native to the forests of Southern China. In addition to being the third smallest tiger subspecies, the South China Tiger is the most critically endangered of the living tiger subspecies, with only 30 or less known individuals left in the wild. Experts warn that the South China Tiger might become extinct within the next decade. One cub was recently born in a reserve in South Africa in November 2007, and was the first of these tigers to ever be born outside China. The South China tiger is considered to be the “stem” tiger, the subspecies from which all other tigers evolved. Sadly, the South China Tiger has been recently listed as one of the 10 most endangered animals in the entire world.
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