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These photos of tiger cubs are good news for this rare species

It's only the world's second breeding population of this tiger.

There aren't a lot of tigers left in Indonesia – or the world for that matter. So the fact that conservationists found a new family of the big cats is a pretty big deal.

According to Panthera, a wildcat conservation group, Thailand’s Department of National Parks announced it has photographic evidence of tiger cubs in eastern Thailand. Maybe that doesn't sound like a big deal, but it means there's a second breeding population of Indochinese tigers out there.

Before, experts estimated there to be less than 250 tigers of that species left, and just one breeding population.

The new tiger family in eastern Thailand isn't huge, but there are at least six cubs and that makes a difference.

"This breeding population could play a significant role in our fight to protect one of the world's most endangered big cats," Panthera said in a Facebook post.

According to a news release, the Indochinese tiger population has been suffering because of habitat loss and poaching. The animals used to be found across Asia, but now they're only believed to be in two countries: Thailand and Myanmar.

Those same threats have damaged the entire tiger population – 100 years ago, there were 100,000 tigers; By 2010, there were only 3,200.

But last year, there was some good news that the tiger population was increasing for the first time in a century. Now there are an estimated 3,900 – thanks to countries that pledged to help the tiger population.

The World Wildlife Fund hopes to see tiger numbers reach 6,400 by 2022.

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