High relief minting with partial print
The Tiger remains Endangered due to an ongoing population decline. It is now estimated that the global Tiger population is around 5,000 to 7,000 individuals. Poaching for illegal trade in high-value Tiger products, including skin, bones, meat, and tonics, is the primary threat – this has lead to their recent disappearance from broad areas of otherwise suitable habitat and continues at unsustainable rates: there are now roughly one million square kilometers of unoccupied Tiger habitat.
One Tiger subspecies, the Malayan Tiger has been uplisted from Endangered to Critically Endangered this year due to its small population size and steepening decline. This brings the number of Critically Endangered Tiger subspecies up to three, out of six assessed extant subspecies.
The Malayan tiger is thought to number 250-340 adult animals, and occurs in the southern portion of the Malay Peninsula among 3 main pockets of habitat. The Malayan tiger is smaller and darker, with shorter hair, than the other mainland subspecies, with males averaging 120 kg (260 lbs) and females 100 kg (220 lbs).
Malayan tigers currently occur below their carrying capacity—the abundance supported by the habitat—due to habitat degradation and the poaching of tigers and their prey. Development activities and conversion of tiger habitat to agriculture, such as palm oil plantations, increase habitat fragmentation and human-tiger conflict, resulting in retaliatory killings by farmers for attacks on livestock. Tigers are opportunistic predators, however, and their diet includes birds, fish, rodents, insects, amphibians, reptiles in addition to other mammals such as primates and porcupines.
Ag.999, pure Silver
2 oz / 62.2 g
Antique finish – satined
only 500 coins
High Relief minting with digital printing 5C on the relief