At the Zoo: We have two female Bengal tigers named Kya (a tiger with normal coloration) and Taj (a white Bengal tiger).
Panthera tigris tigris
Wild: 10-16 years
Captivity: 16-20 years
5-6 feet body
2-3 feet tail
Name of Young
Did you know?
- Tigers are easily recognizable by their distinctive orange, black and white striped pattern. The tiger is a stalk and ambush hunter, so their stripes are excellent camouflage in tall grass.
- White tigers neither a separate species nor albino; their coloration is due to a recessive gene. White tigers very rarely exist in the wild, and they are the result of selective breeding. For this reason, they do not have a Species Survival Plan and breeding white tigers is discouraged.
- Bengal tigers are also called Indian tigers. Their range includes India, Nepal, Bhurma, and Bhutan.
- Tigers prefer to be solitary and they mark their territories with urine. They typically avoid interaction with humans unless disturbed.
- Bengal tigers, as with all top-of-the-food-chain predators, help keep prey populations in check. When a tiger has eaten its fill, the abandoned prey becomes food for a variety of mammals, birds, and reptiles.
- Some cultures believe tiger bones have medicinal value. This, along with habitat loss and human encroachment, has contributed to their endangered status.
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