- 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.
- The Bengal Tiger
- The Indochinese Tiger
- The Malayan Tiger
- The Sumatran Tiger
- The Siberian Tiger
- The South China Tiger
- The Bali Tiger
- The Caspian Tiger
- 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
- 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)
- The subspecies, Bengal Tiger (Panthera Tigris Tigris) is National Animal of India and Bangladesh.
- Tiger stripes are like human finger-prints; no two of them are alike and thus are a unique identity for the Tigers.
- Unlike domestic cats, Tigers love to swim and spend time in the water.
- India presently has the highest population of wild tigers.
- A tiger’s roar can be carried and heard up to as far as 3 kms away.
- A tiger has the largest teeth. Their canines can grow up to a length of 3.5 inches.
- The Tiger was voted as the world’s most favourite animal in a poll conducted by Animal Planet.
- Tigers are also the most popular of the charismatic mega fauna of the world.
- Tigers have no natural predators except for humans.
- Interact with Tiger cubs at Bangkok Safari World. Know more at https://lovethewild.wordpress.com/2011/11/26/rendezvous-with-tigers-part-i/
- List of places to find wild tigers in India: