Tigers
BEHAVIOR

Tigers are solitary animals; they primarily live alone. Tiger cubs will stay with their mothers until they are about 2 years old, then they will go off and find their own territories. They are primarily nocturnal hunters meaning they hunt at night, when they have a better chance of sneaking up on their prey. Tigers are excellent swimmers and some have been known to spend most of their day in the water. They are also very skilled at hunting from the water.

COLOR PATTERN
  • Orange, reddish orange, or pale orange coats that are patterned with black stripes
  • Each tiger’s stripes are unique
  • White bellies and white around their muzzles (noses and mouths)
  • White spots on the backs of their black ears (a trait that all spotted wild cats have, which helps them communicate with their young)

WHERE WE LIVE

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.

WEIGHT
Tiger
350 – 600 pounds

 

 

Piano
500 pounds
LENGTH
Tiger
8 – 12 feet long

 

Car
14 feet long
Bonus
Tiger
Jump 10 feet in the air

 

 

Basketball Hoop
10 feet tall
WHAT WE EAT

OBLIGATE CARNIVORE

  • Deer
  • Wild Boar
  • Water Buffalo
  • Antelope
  • Sloth Bears
  • Leopards
  • Domestic Cattle

Tigers who are sick, old, or injured have been known to kill humans

 

THREATS

  • Habitat Loss
    Tigers are losing a lot of their habitat to farmers and palm oil plantations each year.
  • Poaching
    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

 

Did you know…

There are only
3,800
Tigers left in the wild!
Did you know…

Tigers have only a 
10%
hunting success rate!
Did you know…

There are currently
5
subspecies of tigers found in the wild!