The world’s largest carnivorous mammal, the endangered Australian marsupial, has a new nickname: the Asian tiger.
The species is the latest animal to be given a new name as a result of an effort by conservationists to identify the species’ range.
“The Asian tiger is an endangered species, and this new nickname reflects that,” said Dr Richard Wren from the National Parks Service (NPS) in Darwin, who is leading the project to name the species.
The project, named Tiger Conservation Network (TCN), has identified about 3,000 animals, many of them endangered, in the last 25 years.
The goal is to have a database of about 5,000 species in the next two years.
In a statement, NPS head of endangered species Chris Larkin said the tiger was a “strong contender for the title of the world’s most endangered species”.
“It is not only a great example of conservation work but it is a unique example of animal behaviour that has been recorded and conserved for more than a century,” he said.
“It has a unique sense of smell, and it has a long, narrow tail that leads to a powerful, agile leap.”
The tiger has a short, powerful neck and a powerful bite, and is often seen running in search of food in its native habitat.
The NPS, which is part of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), has worked with a network of animal and conservationist groups to identify and protect animals, which include domestic cats, dogs, foxes, rabbits, turtles, frogs and tortoises.
Tigers were listed as endangered by the IUCN in 1989, but the new name reflects the success of the Tiger Conservation Project, which has seen tigers found in more than 1,300 countries and territories.
The NPS says the species was classified as “near threatened” in 1996, but that the numbers have been falling.
“The tiger is one of the last large cats that are threatened by extinction in Australia,” said Ms Fergus.
“But now they have been given a nickname, so that we can all celebrate this amazing feat of conservation.
We are looking forward to the release of the new tiger species in 2020.”