Common name: South China Tiger, Scientific name: Panthera tigris amoyensis 

The rarest of the six endangered subspecies of tiger is the South China Tiger. This subspecies is nearing extension. It may no longer exist in the wild, however, there are approximately 100 individuals in captivity. The tiger’s number were greatly reduced by government teams from the 1950s through the 1970s. Effort is underway to reintroduce a viable population of South China Tigers to the wild in their former habitat (Sanderson, 2013).

What can people do to help the tiger recover? One thing is not to fuel the demand for black market tiger parts by simply not purchasing such items. Fourteen stores in New York City were found to sell tiger bone products illegally (Haddon, 2011).

Haddon, H. (2011, December 27). New York’s Black Market for Tiger Medicines. The Wall Street Journal.

Sanderson, J.V. (2013, March 12). Rewilding the South China Tiger. Retrieved from Save China’s Tigers:

Commom name: Wild Turkey, Scientific name: Meleagris gallopavo 

The numbers of these American icons were at a low point (1.5 million) in 1973 when the Wild Turkey Federation was founded. Numbers climbed to a historic high (6.7 million) by the year 2013. This achievement reflected forty years of conservation efforts and currently Wild Turkeys are considered in the least concern category. However, numbers have been dropping in recent years with an estimated bird population of 6.2 million in 2018. A significant number of hens may not find high quality nesting conditions or be successful in raising her chicks. If the vegetation thins or is of less quality in brooding areas the decline in turkey population can be expected to continue (Wild Turkey Federation, 2018).

Wild Turkey Federation, 2018, Conservation, populations Downloaded September 21, 2018.

Common name: Bactrin Camel, Scientific name: Camelus ferus 

The Bactrin camel, native to the arid, rocky steppes of central Asia, can be recognized by its two humps. The fat reserves of the humps can be converted into energy and moisture when needed. This two-hump design distinguishes them from their Arabian relatives that have only one hump (National Geographic, 2019).

The Bactrin camel can reach nine and half feet long and about seven and a half feet high, with a weight over 2,000 pounds. To help protect from sandstorms, the nostrils can be sealed closed. Thick shaggy fur protects in winter and sheds in hot summer. (World Association of Zoos & Aquariums, 2018).

The wild Bactrin camel is considered critically endangered. There is now Lop Nur Nature Sanctuary in China that helps to protect these beautiful dessert wanderers (National Geographic, 2019).

National Geographic, 2019. Bactrin Camel. retrieved March 19, 2019.

World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, 2018. Bactrian Camel. retrieved May 24, 2018.