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Painting the last South China tiger

By: Lea Holland on Feb. 20, 2010, 5:29 a.m.
Finishing touches

Photo: ZUMA Press

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Finishing touches

Tigers have always been Tracy’s favorite animal. When asked to aid in the effort to protect and repopulate the world's most endangered tiger, Craig didn't hesitate. "Only 100 South China Tigers are reported to remain alive, and if my bodypainting can help increase that number by one, then I'll have lived with purpose," he says. 

In the wild, tigers can live 10-15 years; in captivity they live 15-20 years. The Chinese tiger once lived all over central and south China, but has retreated to more remote and mountainous areas south of the Yangtze River because of human encroachment.