by Nina Gold
In my opinion, tigers are some of the most beautiful animals ever to exist. There are about five different subspecies of tigers, four of which are critically endangered (and one of which is extinct in the wild). This painting is of a Bengal Tiger, the largest and most common species. Although the number of tigers has finally started to rise after a century of decline, poaching and habitat loss have caused the wild population to decrease by about 97%. Of the remaining ones (a little over 3,200 as of 2016), over half live in captivity. It will take a global effort to rescue these stunning creatures from the brink of extinction.