Prepare to be ambushed
The Amur may be the biggest tiger, but that doesn’t mean its relatives are any less formidable
The smallest of the tiger subspecies, the Sumatran tiger only occurs on the Indonesian island that gives it its name. It has the darkest fur and most dense stripes of any subspecies.
Found in the lush forests of India, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal, this subspecies is the most numerous among the tiger family, with over 2,500 left in the wild.
This species is found in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Burma and Vietnam. Their remote range means little is known about them. Even so, they are listed as Endangered by the IUCN.
This subspecies was only recognised in 2004 after DNA testing proved it wasn’t part of the Indo-Chinese species. It’s found only in the Malay Peninsula and southern Thailand.
South China tiger
With its broad, spaced-out stripes, this hunter boasts a striking coat. A whiter face and paws also help to identify an animal many fear is extinct in the wild.