Tiger

 

  1. 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(11 feet)!
  2. Tigers are carnivores, eating only meat. They mainly feed on large mammals such as deer, wild pigs, antelope and buffalo.
  3. A male tiger is called a tiger, a female tiger is called a tigress, and a baby tiger is called a cub.
  4. When a baby tiger is born, it weighs about 2 to 3 pounds. Aww, they are so tiny.
  5. Tigers are solitary hunters, and generally search for food alone at night. They quietly stalk their prey until they are close enough to pounce, then they kill their victim with a bite to the neck or back of the head. Ouch!
  6. Unlike most members of the cat family, tigers like water. They are good swimmers and often cool off in pools or streams. I am most like tigers!
  7. When a tiger wants to be heard, you’ll know about it because their roar can be heard as far as three kilometres away. That will hurt my ears.
  8. 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!
  9. 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. Old cats!
  10. Every tiger in the world is unique – no two tigers have the same pattern of stripes.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. Around half of tiger cubs don’t live beyond two years of age.
  14. Tiger cubs leave their mother when they are around 2 years of age.
  15. A group of tigers is known as an ‘ambush’ or ‘streak’.
  16. Tigers can swim up to 6 kilometres.
  17. Rare white tigers carry a gene that is only present in around 1 in every 10,000 tigers.
  18. Less than 10% of hunts end successfully for tigers
  19. Tigers can easily jump over 5 metres in length.
  20. There are more tigers held privately as pets than there are in the wild.
  21. Tigers that breed with lions give birth to hybrids known as tigons and ligers.
  22. Surprisingly, tigers cannot be found in any wild parts of africa.