There are two four-month-old cubs, Shankar and Maia, and they've been captured snuggling and playing with mum Surya Bara

You all white? Adorable tiger cubs snuggle up to mother

There are two four-month-old cubs, Shankar and Maia, and they've been captured snuggling and playing with mum Surya Bara

By the 1940s, there were only 20 to 30 Amur tigers in the wild, creating a ‘genetic bottleneck’.

By the 1940s, there were only 20 to 30 Amur tigers in the wild, creating a ‘genetic bottleneck’.

The beautifully detailed photos feature the Sumatran tiger (pictured), which is classed as 'critically endangered' by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, with numbers in the wild falling

How can you help the World's most endangered species?

The beautifully detailed photos feature the Sumatran tiger (pictured), which is classed as 'critically endangered' by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, with numbers in the wild falling

When they are gone, when every last life has been stolen, how will you remember them?    Extinction is forever.

When they are gone, when every last life has been stolen, how will you remember them? Extinction is forever.

Bengal Tiger in Northern India. A very beautiful but sadly an endangered species.

Bengal Tiger in Northern India. A very beautiful but sadly an endangered species.

I cannot help thinking when I see all the pictures of Big Cats on Pinterest that it is a ode of farewell.  And mostly I don't like the pics because many are from zoo settings as the largest population of Big Cats are caged.

I cannot help thinking when I see all the pictures of Big Cats on Pinterest that it is a ode of farewell. And mostly I don't like the pics because many are from zoo settings as the largest population of Big Cats are caged.

Female Amur tiger Iris licks its seven-week-old cub at the Royev Ruchey zoo in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk

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Female Amur tiger Iris licks its seven-week-old cub at the Royev Ruchey zoo in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk

Sumatran tiger portrait by *KarlDawson. I always have a silent respect for these amazing animals... ❤️

Sumatran tiger portrait by *KarlDawson. I always have a silent respect for these amazing animals... ❤️

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