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In this Saturday, March 10, 2012 photo, a bengal white tiger which is missing an ear and suffers from a spinal problem lays inside a cage at the quarantine section of Surabaya Zoo in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia. Indonesia's biggest zoo, once boasting one of the most impressive and well cared for collections of animals in Southeast Asia, is struggling for its existence following reports of suspicious animal deaths and disappearances of endangered species. (AP Photo/Trisnadi)

Endangered Bengal tigers in the wild

April 1, 2012

The Bengal Tiger population in India is estimated to be no more than 1600 individuals. There are more Bengal Tigers in American zoos than tigers in the wild. They are vanishing at an alarming rate, and their natural habitat is reduced by the encroachment of people, who harvest their forest cover for wood burning fuel and poaching.