Tigers are the largest wild cats in the world. Adults can weigh up to 363kg – that’s about the same as ten ten year olds! – and measure up to 3.3m!
Tigers are carnivores, eating only meat. They mainly feed on large mammals such as deer, wild pigs, antelope and buffalo.
Tigers hunt alone, and generally search for food at night. They quietly stalk their prey until they are close enough to pounce – then they kill their prey with a bite to the neck or back of the head. Ouch!
Unlike most members of the cat family, tigers like water. They are good swimmers and often cool off in pools or streams.
When a tiger wants to be heard, you’ll know about it. Because their roar can be heard as far as three kilometers away.
They may be big and heavy, but tigers are by no means slow movers. In fact, at full speed they can reach up to 65km/h!
These fierce felines have walked the earth for a long time. Fossil remains of tigers found in parts of China are believed to be 2 million years old. Yikes!
Every tiger in the world is unique – no two tigers have the same pattern of stripes.
Today, there are five subspecies of tiger: Bengal, South China, Indochinese, Sumatran and Siberian. Sadly, three subspecies of tiger have become extinct – Caspian, Bali and Javan.
Less than 100 years ago, tigers could be found throughout Asia. Sadly, hunting and habitat loss have put populations at risk, and today their range has been reduced to around 7% of its former size. That’s why we need to do all we can to protect these beautiful beasts!
5 STATUSES OF TIGERS!
ENDANGERED STATUS: Tigers will become extinct in the next decade.
Tigers would not make a good pet! They want to live in their natural habitats. Keeping them as a pet is not just wrong, it is dangerous! If you, your friends or family want a pet – then get a cat, they are perfect alternative and are almost like a “small tiger”. There are cats with stripes that looks just like a tiger and are much friendlier.
There are some people that don’t understand that Tigers are not a pet. These people are using tigers to make money by letting people taking pictures and selfies with these endangered beasts. Taking a selfie with a tiger locked in a cage is selfish!
Don’t give these people money for taking selfish selfie with tigers! Don’t visit these places at all! Also, tell your family and friends to not go to these places where you can take selfies and pictures of Tigers in captivity.
Tigers are endangered with only 3890 living free in their natural habitat. 5000-8000 tigers are held in captivity only in the USA, where they don't belong! There are several animal protection organizations around the world trying to save and protect the tigers from extinction! These organizations are doing a great job! You can help them by donating money or voluntarily work with them .
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