THE TIGER- Perhaps the World's Most Perfect Creature
It's simple: Tigers are endangered. They need our help.
There are five living subspecies of tigers.
The South China Tiger : It is believed to be less than 50 left.
The Sumatran Tiger : is the smallest of the living tigers. It is believed that there are less than 400 left
The Siberian or Amur Tiger : is the largest of all tigers. There are 200 to 450 left.
The Indo-Chinese Tiger : There is an estimated 1200 left of this subspecies.
The Bengal or Indian Tiger : is the most commonly known tiger. It is estimated that there are 3000 Bengals left. The Bengal tiger is the subspecies that produces the White Tiger. White tigers come about because of a genetic effect and are very rare. (See below for more about White Tigers)
Extinct Tiger Subspecies:
The Bali Tiger: became extinct in 1937.
The Caspian Tiger: believed to become extinct in 1980.
The Javan Tiger : believed to become extinct in 1981- no reports after 1988.
Tigers can weigh from 200 to 700 pounds and measure from 85 to 130 inches in length. (Siberian tigers are the largest.)
About 5,000–7,000 wild tigers live across Asia. The northernmost living tiger, Siberian tiger, lives primarily in southeastern Russia. The South China tiger occurs only in southern China. The range of the Indochinese tiger extends across most of Southeast Asia. The Bengal tiger is found primarily in India and several of its neighboring countries, including Bangladesh, Nepal, and Burma. The Sumatran tiger is restricted to the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
Tigers are the biggest cats in the world.
Tigers live in Asia, not Africa. Tigers have never lived in Africa. Lions, leopards, and cheetahs are the big cats in Africa. Tigers are strictly Asian cats.
Typically, wild tigers gorge themselves on fresh kills, and can eat as much as 40 pounds of meat at one time. The tiger will then rest and not eat again for several days.
Wild tigers have a life span of around 15 years in the wild. Captive tigers have been known to live for 20 years or more. This is mostly because those in captivity are regularly fed a balanced diet and given health care.
No two tigers have the same stripes. They are like fingerprints.
Unlike many other cat species, tigers like the water. And they are good swimmers, too!
If you were to shave the fur from a tiger it would still have stripes, it's stripes are on it's skin.
The heaviest recorded tiger was a Siberian weighing in at an amazing 1,025 pounds.
On average, a tiger's tail is around four feet long or half the length of its body.
There are now more tigers in captivity than there are in the wild.
Their main prey species are large animals such as deer, buffalo and wild pigs, but they will also hunt fish, monkeys, birds, reptiles and sometimes even baby elephants. Occasionally, tigers kill leopards, bears and other tigers.
Other than man, tigers have no natural predators.
The Siberian tiger must eat over 20 pounds of meat per day just to merely sustain itself in the cold climate. It can however eat over 100 pounds at one time.
Tigers are at a great risk of being extinct, even by the year 2010. Here are some organizations that are working to save tigers. Please click and learn how you can help.
White tigers are not albino. They are white-colored Bengal tigers, colored so by genetic beauty. There are somewhere around 30 white tigers in US today, most of which live in zoos, and an estimated 200 white tigers nationwide. You can find out more about white tigers at the tiger links provided above.
Love White Tigers? There are White Lions, too.