Tigers are the largest of the big cat species; there used to be nine subspecies, however three are now extinct. The largest subspecies being the Siberian.

Tiger subspecies:

  • Siberian (or Amur) Tiger (endangered)
  • Bengal Tiger (endangered)
  • Indochinese Tiger (endangered)
  • Sumatran Tiger (critically endangered)
  • Malayan Tiger (critically endangered)
  • South China Tiger (critically endangered)
  • Javan Tiger (extinct mid-1970’s)
  • Bali Tiger (extinct 1940’s-50’s)
  • Caspian Tiger (extinct late-1950’s)

Tiger Facts:

  • Tigers are a solitary species; maintaining solitary territories, hunting alone – coming together only to mate
  • Territory size is largely determined by the availability of prey
  • They tend to hunt at night
  • Tigers are carnivores – hunting prey species
  • Female tigers tend to hit maturity between three – four years of age
  • Male tigers reach maturity at four – five years old
  • Litters tend to be made up of three – four cubs, however can be up to seven
  • The males do not help raise the young
  • Young tigers leave their mother at around two years old
  • Unfortunately, approximately half of tigers do not live past two years of age
  • Unlike a lot of cat species; tigers love water
  • The roar of a tiger can be heard almost 2 miles away
  • Tigers can reach speeds of around 40 mph
  • No two tigers have the same pattern of stripes – like how no two humans have the same finger prints

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