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TIGER FACTS

Some information and facts about the tiger (Panthera tigris):

  • Tigers are the largest species of cat in the world.

  • There are six subspecies of tigers, including the Bengal, Indochinese, Siberian, Malayan, South China, and Sumatran.

  • Tigers are excellent swimmers and enjoy spending time in water.

  • Tigers have unique striped patterns on their fur, which can be used to identify individuals. 

  • The stripes on a tiger’s fur are not just black, but can also be brown or gray.

  • Tigers have retractable claws, which they use for hunting and climbing trees.

  • A tiger’s roar can be heard up to two miles away.

  • Tigers are solitary animals and prefer to live and hunt alone.

  • Tigers are carnivores and primarily hunt large prey such as deer, buffalo, and wild pigs.

  • Tigers can eat up to 90 pounds of meat in one meal.

  • Tigers can run at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour.

  • The stripes on a tiger’s forehead resemble the Chinese character for “king,” which is why tigers are often referred to as the “king of the jungle.”

  • Tigers are endangered due to habitat loss and poaching for their fur and body parts, which are used in traditional Asian medicine.

  • The Siberian tiger is the largest subspecies of tiger and can weigh up to 660 pounds.

  • The Malayan tiger is the smallest subspecies of tiger and weighs around 200-250 pounds. 

  • Tigers have excellent night vision and can see up to six times better than humans in low light conditions.

  • Tigers can leap up to 33 feet in a single bound.

  • Tigers are territorial animals and use scent marking to communicate with other tigers and establish their territory.

  • Tigers have a lifespan of around 10-15 years in the wild and up to 20 years in captivity.

  • The population of wild tigers has decreased by 95% over the past century.

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