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.
- Bengal tigers are also called Indian tigers. Their range includes India, Nepal, Bhurma, and Bhutan. The white tiger is not albino. Its white coloration is the result of a recessive gene. White tigers do not exist in the wild.
- 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. Unfortunately, tigers are in high demand to supply this market.
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