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Tiger

Tiger

  • Scientific Name – Panthera Tigris
  • Conservation Status – Endangered
  • Appearance – The easiest way to identify Tigers is a pattern of large vertical black stripes on a reddish orange coat and a light underbelly.
  • Diet – Carnivore
  • Sub-species

There are nine sub-species of Tigers, three of which are extinct.

Non-extinct sub-species:

  1. The Bengal Tiger
  2. The Indochinese Tiger
  3. The Malayan Tiger
  4. The Sumatran Tiger
  5. The Siberian Tiger
  6. The South China Tiger

Extinct sub-species:

  1. The Bali Tiger
  2. The Caspian Tiger
  3. The Javan Tiger

 

  • Habitat – Tigers prefer to stay in habitats where they can plenty of cover and camouflage and where water and prey are available easily.
  • Threats – Poaching is the biggest threat that Tigers face today. Tigers are poached for their valuable skin and for their body parts that are used in traditional Chinese medicines.

 

  • 10 Facts worth knowing about Tigers
  1. Tigers are the largest of all wild cats.  Their body length can reach up to 3.3 metres and body weight up to 306 kg (670 lb)
  2. The subspecies, Bengal Tiger (Panthera Tigris Tigris) is National Animal of India and Bangladesh.
  3. Tiger stripes are like human finger-prints; no two of them are alike and thus are a unique identity for the Tigers.
  4. Unlike domestic cats, Tigers love to swim and spend time in the water.
  5. India presently has the highest population of wild tigers.
  6. A tiger’s roar can be carried and heard up to as far as 3 kms away.
  7. A tiger has the largest teeth. Their canines can grow up to a length of 3.5 inches.
  8. The Tiger was voted as the world’s most favourite animal in a poll conducted by Animal Planet.
  9. Tigers are also the most popular of the charismatic mega fauna of the world.
  10. Tigers have no natural predators except for humans.

Links

  1. Interact with Tiger cubs at Bangkok Safari World. Know more at https://lovethewild.wordpress.com/2011/11/26/rendezvous-with-tigers-part-i/
  2. List of places to find wild tigers in India:

http://indiasendangered.com/best-places-to-find-tigers-in-india-part-1/

http://indiasendangered.com/best-places-to-find-tigers-in-india-part-2/

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