After it had seemed the South China tiger was indeed extinct - I'd figured maybe survived in wild after doing a story on them, but that was a few years ago - comes news of one that's been photographed in Shaanxi province.
Info on Save China's Tigers website includes:
On October 11th 2007, a tiger photograph taken by Zhenglong Zhou, a villager from Zhenping County in Ankang City, Shaanxi Province of China, was confirmed to be a South China Tiger, after careful examination by experts from Shaanxi Province Forestry Bureau. This is the first record since 1964 of South China Tigers in the wild in Shaanxi Province's Qinba Mountains. ... Zhou searched for other clues with extra care. At around 3 o'clock in the afternoon, when he was about to give up, he suddenly saw a cave in the rocks, as well as something yellowish like a tiger. As he looked more carefully, IT WAS A TIGER!
As Zhou quietly got closer, he took photos with both cameras from behind the big rock. As he got closer and closer, to within about 20 metres, he began shaking with fear and he could hardly hold his cameras. He tried his best to calm himself and hold the cameras steady. As he was getting closer and taking more photos, the camera suddenly flashed with a loud "PAH” sound. He saw the tiger move, so he rolled back behind the rock to hide himself with his heart beating fast. Hearing a loud and long furious roar coming from the tiger, he stood still behind the rock holding his breath. ... Zhenping County has been an important habitat for South China Tigers throughout history, but South China Tigers have not been seen in nearly 30 years. Most villagers from Zhenping County believe tigers still exist, but hiding somewhere deep in the forest. The Plantation Project and Forest Reserve Project in recent years have greatly improved the habitat for tigers. In Zhenping County, tigers were viewed and hvae been heard several times. Shaanxi Province Forestry bureau has recently published its report, Results of Survey of South China Tigers in Zhenping County Shaanxi. It shows 17 reports from witnesses of South China Tigers; 10 reports of animals or humans who had been bitten by tigers, 6 reports of hearing tigers’ roar. On the July 6th this year, 7 wildlife experts examined this report carefully, all agreed: South China Tigers exist in Zhenping County Shaanxi Province. According to the Mayor of Zhenping County “Frequent report from witnesses of South China Tigers shed light on saving this creature from extinction.”
The">http://english.savechinastigers.org/node/325]The Wild South China Tiger: The Photographers Account Not sure if odd that the story mentions tiger in a "cave" in the rocks; photo shows a well lit tiger, looking at photographer, in vegetation.
The story I did is on this site, at: Last">http://www.drmartinwilliams.com/conservation/s-china-tiger.html]Last call for the South China tiger