(Photo courtesy of M. L. Burnett)
The Indo-Chinese tiger is also called Corbett’s tiger after the former tiger hunter turned naturalist Jim Corbett. Access to the areas where Indo-Chinese tigers live in the wild has long been restricted, and as a consequence accurate studies of these tigers and their numbers, by field biologists, have been limited. Therefore there is a very limited knowledge of the status of these tigers in the wild. It has been reported that, in Vietnam, almost 75% of the tigers killed provide stock for traditional Chinese medicines.
The greatest density of Indo-Chinese tigers is found in Thailand where around 100 individuals survive, other wild populations are restricted to 30 or fewer tigers in each group.