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Painting the last South China tiger

By: Lea Holland on Feb. 20, 2010, 5:29 a.m.
A little color

Photo: ZUMA Press

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Black, white and a little color

There is no danger to humans who participate in body painting, but tigers continue to face a multitude of dangers. In the early 1950s, there were 4,000 South China tigers. Due to human interference and habitat destruction, there are fewer than 100 left on Earth today, with estimates between 10 and 30 in the wild, and about 60 in Chinese zoos. 

Save China's Tigers awareness campaign also helps celebrate the charity's 10th anniversary. The group's aim is to "raise awareness of the plight of the Chinese tiger and to strive for its protection and preservation through public education, introduction and experimentation of advanced conservation models in China, and raising funds to support these initiatives."