Bengal Tiger

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At the Zoo: We have two female Bengal tigers named Kya (a tiger with normal coloration) and Taj (a white Bengal tiger).

Scientific Name
Panthera tigris tigris

Type
Mammal

Lifespan
Wild: 10-16 years
Captivity: 16-20 years

Size
5-6 feet body
2-3 feet tail

Average Weight
250-500 lbs

Group Size
Mostly Solitary

Name of Young
Cub

We Eat:
We Live:
We Are:Endangered
Only 1,800 Bengal tigers are left in the wild.

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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