Sadly, of the once nine subspecies of tigers, three are now extinct and there are less than four thousand of the other six left in the wild. They are trying rewilding programs of captive bred cats and so far it's working.
Yes, I agree. And for me it is especially close because the Tiger (the Amur Tiger in particular, though I'm not entirely sure why) is a Soul Totem to me (American Indian Totemic Spirituality - I'm part Cheyenne, as well as being Irish and Scottish). I was also born the Chinese year of the Wood Tiger, oddly enough.