Wonderful Facts about Tigers

Wonderful Facts about Tigers

Wonderful Facts about TigersTiger Facts and Information – Here are some wonderful facts about the Tiger. There were originally eight subspecies of tiger, the Javan, the Bali, the Caspian, the Indochinese, the Sumatran, the Bengal, the Siberian, and the South China tiger, The South China tiger being the antecedent of all tigers. And can you imagine that three of the eight subspecies are now extinct. The Bali tiger met its demise in the 1940’s, the Caspian in the 1970’s and the Javan in the 1980’s. Yes, its sad reality. Of theremaining tiger subspecies the South China tiger is the most critically endangered with only around sixty living in Chinese zoos and approximately twenty in the wild (although none have been spotted for over twenty years). This puts this subspecies at the very top of the endangered species list.

Wonderful Facts About Tigers

  1. The scientific name of tiger is Pantheris Tigris
  2. Despite their fearsome reputation, most tigers avoid humans; however, a few do become dangerous maneaters. These animals are often sick and unable to hunt normally, or live in an area where their traditional prey has vanished.
  3. Females give birth to litters of two to six cubs, which they raise with little or no help from the male. Cubs cannot hunt until they are 18 months old and remain with their mothers for two to three years, when they disperse to find their own territory.
  4. Wild tigers do not live in Africa, they are spread out across Asia and are thought to have originated from Southern China.
  5. A captive tiger can live up to twenty years, while a wild tiger can expect to live ten to fifteen years.
  6. Wild tigers are at the very top of the food chain. So, they are an umbrella species, which means to save the wild tiger we must also save its habitat and prey. Due to the cold winters of Southern Russia and Northern China the Siberian tiger is the largest of the subspecies with an average length of 9ft 8′ and an average weight of 540 pounds, it has the thickest fur and roams the largest territories.
  7. The Bengal tiger is found in India and around the Nepal/China border, it is the second largest of the subspecies weighing in at around 480 pounds, and is 9ft 5′ long (average).
  8. The Indochinese tiger is found across most of Southeast Asia, it is 8ft 8′ long and weighs in at 380 pounds (average).
  9. The South China tiger is found only in Southern China, it is 8ft 1′ long and weighs in at 336 pounds (average).
  10. The Sumatran tiger is the smallest remaining subspecies, with an average length of 7ft 8′ and a weight of 250 pounds,this is due to the fact that its small territories are restricted to the Islands of Sumatra.There are probably fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers on the island of Sumatra.
  11. Tiger stripes are individually as unique as the human finger print. Most tigers have more than 100 stripes, and no two tigers have identical stripes.
  12. If you were to shave the fur from a tiger it would still have stripes.
  13. Tiger stripes act as perfect camouflage in tall weeds and grasses.
  14. The tigers most developed sense is its hearing.
  15. A tiger can only usually expect a one in twenty success rate when bringing down prey.
  16. The roar of a tiger can be heard more than a mile away.
  17. Tigers like to feed on pig, deer and buffalo, but will also eat smaller prey such as rabbit and fish. They are powerful nocturnal hunters that travel many miles to find buffalo, deer, wild pigs, and other large mammals.
  18. Tigers live alone and aggressively scent-mark large territories to keep their rivals away.
  19. They lie in wait and creep close enough to attack their victims with a quick spring and a fatal pounce.
  20. A hungry tiger can eat as much as 60 pounds (27 kilograms) in one night, though they usually eat less. Also, A tiger can go two to three days without eating.
  21. A tiger cub can gain 100 grams in weight per day.
  22. A cub will begin eating solid food at around 12-13 weeks and should be completely weaned around seventeen weeks.
  23. Tiger cubs play-fight with their siblings, which enables them to gain strength and speed.
  24. It is believed that the two white dots on the back of a tigers ears are designed to act as a visual beacon to enable the cubs to follow their parent.
  25. A tiger cub will make its first kill around 18 months of age.
  26. Tiger cubs can stay with their mother for up to 2-3 years.
  27. Male tigers have been known to kill and sometimes eat cubs of other males before taking the tigress as its own mate.
  28. All tigers have a similar marking on their forehead, which resembles the Chinese symbol Wang, meaning King.
  29. Tigers do not purr.
  30. Usually before mating, but also as a sign of affection, tigers make a kind of chuffing sound by expelling air softly through the nostrils.