Tigers typically live alone. Tiger cubs will stay with their mothers until they are about 2 years old, then they’ll go off and find their own territories. They are primarily nocturnal hunters, when they have a better chance of sneaking up on their prey. Tigers are excellent swimmers and some have been known to spend the majority of their day in the water. They are also very skilled at hunting from the water.
- Orange, reddish orange, or pale orange coats that are patterned with black stripes
- Each tiger’s strips are unique
- White bellies and white around their muzzles
- White spots on the backs of their black ears (a trait that all spotted wild cats have, which helps them communicate with their young)
Tigers live in a variety of habitats, including swampy mangroves, dense forests, rocky country, and woodlands. They prefer having cover to hide behind as they ambush their prey.
- wild boar
- water buffalo
- sloth bears
- domestic cattle
Tigers who were sick, old or injured have been known to kill humans
- Habitat Loss
Tigers are losing a lot of their habitat to farmers and palm oil plantations each year.
Many people view dead tigers as extremely valuable, using every part of their bodies in some way.
In the last 100 years, the population of wild tigers has dropped from 100,000 to 3,200.