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Without question tigers are one of the most iconic animals on the planet. Unfortunately they have been hunted to the brink of extinction. Below are just a few facts about tigers that in my opinion make pretty scary reading.

Painful Tiger Facts

FACT – There are more Tigers privately owned in the USA than remain in the wild…………..and only 6% of the USA’s tiger population resides in zoo’s or recognised establishments.

FACT – The wildlife trade is the 3rd largest illegal trade in the world behind drugs and arms

FACT – Indonesia, home to the Sumatran tiger, had the fastest rate of deforestation in the world between the years 2000-2005 with an area of forest equivalent to 300 football pitches destroyed every HOUR

FACT - Guilin, one of China's main tourist cities, is home to the world's biggest single collection of tigers. But it is never included on foreigners' tour itineraries because here 1,500 captive tigers - around half as many as there are thought to be remaining in the wild - live out miserable lives in squalid conditions in a Tiger farm.

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