Category: Big Cats
Facts about South China Tiger. "Scientific name for South China Tiger is Panthera tigris amoyensis". The South China tiger is a breed of tiger that hails from the provinces of Guangdong, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan in southern China, and has been categorized as dangerously endangered.
Features of South China Tiger
The South China Tiger breed is the smallest tiger breed from mainland Asia, but larger than the Sumatran tiger, a breed from the Sunda Islands. The length of this male breed measures from 7 feet 5 in to 8 feet 7 inches (230 cm to 265 cm) between the pegs, and their weight ranges from 286 to 385 pounds (130 kg to 175 kg). The length of the female breed measures from 7 feet 2 in to 7 feet 9 inches (220 cm to 240 cm) between the pegs, and their weight ranges from (110 kg to 115 kg). The maximum skull length in the case of male South China Tiger ranges from 12 1/2 to 13 1/2 inches (318 mm to 343 mm), whereas the females have the skull length ranges from 10 3/4 to 11 7/8 inches (273 mm to 301 mm). Like with the other minor sized tiger breeds, the small sized South China Tiger breed enables it to move in the course of the thick jungle more effortlessly.
Behavior of South China Tiger
The South China Tiger breed is obligated carnivores. They prefer stalking big ungulates, habitually exterminate wild pig, and rarely hunt Muntjac, hog deer and Gray Langur. Small prey breeds, such as hares, porcupines and peafowl form an extremely small element in their diet. Owing to the intrusion of humans into their environment, they prey on home livestock, too.
In the majority cases, the South China Tigers approach their prey from the behind or side as nearer as possible and grab the throat of the prey to kill it. Then, they drag the corpse into the bush, rarely more than several hundred meters, to eat it. The nature of the hunting technique and the prey accessibility of the South China Tigers cause a banquet or food shortage feeding style. These tiger breeds habitually consume 40 to 88 pounds (18 kilograms to 40 kilograms) of meat simultaneously.
The average lifespan of the South China Tiger breed is 15 years in the wild, and 20 years in zoos.