And while scientists are reasonably confident that about a fifth of vertebrates – including the charismatic panda, tiger and black rhino – are threatened,
The panda and the rhino, yes. But the tiger?
Last I heard there were something like 25,000 tigers in private hands (possibly not entirely le mot juste, adult tigers are as likely to eat hands as be in them) in the US alone.
I have absolutely no idea at all, even of the order of magnitude, of what the “natural” wild population would be. But I could imagine that 25k for an apex predator could be about right. I’d be astonished if it were 250k for example and know damn well that it’s not 2.5 million.
Anyone actually know?