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Highly adaptable, tigers range from the Siberian taiga, to open grasslands, to tropical mangrove swamps. They are territorial and generally solitary animals, often requiring large contiguous areas of habitat that support their prey demands. The most numerous tiger subspecies is the Bengal tiger while the largest subspecies is the Siberian tiger.


Tiger Facts

Tiger Facts

The scientific name for tigers is Panthera Tigris.

Tigers are the largest members of the cat family. At one time there were eight subspecies of tigers but since the 1950ís three have become extinct. Deforestation and hunting have significantly reduced the tiger populations. In addition tigers are sadly often hunted as trophies. Many tiger body parts are also used in traditional Chinese medicine which have also caused their dwindling numbers. The five remaining tiger subspecies are all endangered and under protection programs.

Tigers are known for their iconic burnt orange coats with vivid black stripes. The Tigerís size, coloring and marking vary according to the subspecies it belongs. The marking on a tigerís face are like fingerprints, no two patterns are alike.

Tigers excel at hunting, they are known for their predatory stealth. Tigers have excellent sight and excellent night vision, as well as a good sense of smell. Tigers are nocturnal hunters, meaning they hunt at night. Tigers are known to travel over a significant distance to hunt game. Tigers will attack buffalo, pigs, deer and other large mammals. The tigers patterned coat acts as camouflage allowing them to blend into their scenery so they can lay in wait for their prey and pounce when they get close. Tigers have been known to travel as many as 600 miles in search of food. Tigers are generally excellent swimmers and are even known to hunt and kill in the water. Tigers can require up to 88 lbs of meat at a time.

Tigers live alone and are known to aggressively mark their territories to keep rivals away. Tigers are generally solitary creatures but do on occasion travel in small groups. Male tigers find females by their scent. Two male tigers will fight a fierce battle over a tigress.

Tigers give birth to litters that typically contain between two to six cubs. The tiger cuts stay with their mothers for the first 2-3 years of age. Tigers do not begin hunting on their own until they are 18 months old.

Tigers live 15-25 years in the wild.

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