Skip to main content

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.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-09-28 at 3.36.57 PM

Scott County attorney candidates differ on marijuana possession

Scott County is one of a few Minnesota counties where the incumbent prosecutor is facing a challenger in November.

Screen Shot 2022-09-23 at 10.21.38 PM

Teen charged in shooting outside of Richfield football game

Due to the age of the suspect, the case won't be made public.

Screen Shot 2020-02-06 at 9.05.08 AM

Twin Cities Summer Jam no more: popular festival brought to an end

The festival noted how the land they host camping on has recently been sold.


Expect major traffic delays on Renaissance Festival's final weekend

Scott County officials said road closures will be to blame.

Voting survey vote election

Ramsey County sends out ballots with deceased candidate on it

The county said it's addressing the issue with the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Screen Shot 2022-09-28 at 12.30.28 PM

New haunted house experience coming to Inver Grove Heights

The exhibit will feature family-friendly and 18+ events.

Wayzata High School

Niche rankings identify best Minnesota schools, districts

Eden Prairie has schools ranked in both the private and public categories.


Walker, The Current announce end of Rock the Garden festival

The Walker Art Center and Minnesota Public Radio announced the festival will retire so the organizations can dream up new events.


SeaWorld's famous orca that killed 3 people and inspired a documentary has died

Tilikum inspired the documentary "Blackfish" and lived to be 36 years old.