Tigers

  • The tiger is the biggest species of the cat family;
  • Tigers can reach a length of up to 3.3 metres (11 feet) and weigh as much as 300 kilograms (660 pounds);
  • Subspecies of the tiger include the Sumatran Tiger, Siberian Tiger, Bengal Tiger, South China Tiger, Malayan Tiger and Indochinese Tiger;
  • Many subspecies of the tiger are either endangered or already extinct. Humans are the primary cause of this through hunting and the destruction of habitats;
  • Around half of tiger cubs dont live beyond two years of age;
  • Tiger cubs leave their mother when they are around 2 years of age;
  • A group of tigers is known as an ambush or streak;
  • Tigers are good swimmers and can swim up to 6 kilometres;
  • Tigers not only have stripes on their fur, they also have them on their skin. No two tigers ever have the same stripes;
  • Rare white tigers carry a gene that is only present in around 1 in every 10000 tigers;
  • Tigers usually hunt alone at night time;
  • Tigers have been known to reach speeds up to 65 kph (40 mph);
  • Less than 10% of hunts end successfully for tiger;
  • Tigers can easily jump over 5 metres in length;
  • Various tiger subspecies are the national animals of Bangladesh, India, North Korea, South Korea and Malaysia;
  • There are more tigers held privately as pets than there are in the wild.


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