Tigers are not just an iconic species, but crucial to the health of the ecosystems in which they live. Tigers thriving in the wild, is good news for wildlife, for people, and for our planet.
Unfortunately, all subspecies of tigers are endangered due to habitat loss and poaching. Here are some things you might not know about tigers.
1. Biggest of the big cats
Tigers are the largest members of the cat family, weighing up to 310 kg.
2. Six Subspecies of Tigers
All tigers are members of the species Panthera tigris, but there are 6 remaining subspecies of tigers, each with unique characteristics and geographic ranges. The Bengal tiger, found in India, is the most well-known. The photo above shows a Siberian tiger.
3. Not team players
Tigers are solitary hunters and prefer to hunt alone, often at night. They are stealthy and agile, able to run up to 64 km/h.
4. Distinctive Stripes
Each tiger has unique stripes, like a human fingerprint. Their stripes provide camouflage in the jungle, helping them blend into their surroundings.
5. Powerful Swimmers
Unlike a lot of cats, tigers are powerful swimmers and enjoy being in the water. They can cross rivers up to 8 km wide.