15 Interesting facts about Tigers

Tiger is a member of the cat family (Felidae). They are the largest cats found in the wild only in Asia. This article lists some interesting facts about tigers. Let’s read.

A Royal Bengal Tiger
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15 Interesting facts about Tigers

  • Tigers are the largest among all big cat species. Tigers are the largest, Lion the second-largest, and jaguars are the third-largest big cats.
  • Tigers live a solitary life. Very rarely they are seen hunting and living in groups.
  • Stripes are unique to each individual Tiger just like human fingerprints are unique. Tigers have black or brown stripes on their orange fur and white belly.
Tiger stripes

Stripes are unique to each individual Tiger

  • A tiger’s roar can be heard from as far as 3 kilometers (1.9 miles).
  • It generally takes 2-20 hunting attempts for a tiger to get a successful kill.
  • Tigers are very good swimmers and are known to swim large distances in search of prey.
A picture of a Tiger swimming
  • More than half of the world’s tiger population lives in India. Lately, the Tiger population in India has seen a sharp increase thanks to the conservation efforts.
  • International Tiger Day is celebrated on 29 July.
  • Bengal tiger, Siberian tiger, Indochinese tiger, Malayan tiger, and south china tiger are the same subspecies of tiger- Panthera tigris tigris (Continental Tiger). The Sumatran Tiger or Sunda Tiger is a different subspecies- Panthera tigris sondaica (Sunda Tiger).
  • Tiger is the national animal of India, Bangladesh, South Korea, and Malaysia.
  • Tigers can run at a speed of 65 km/hr in short bursts.
  • Tigers mostly hunt at night.
  • A tiger’s hind legs are larger which helps it to make big leaps.
  • Machali, a famous Bengal Tigress in Ranthambore National Park in India was known as the “crocodile killer“. She became famous after her fight with a 14-foot crocodile. She was also the oldest surviving Tigress in the wild. She lived for 19 years.
  • A group of Tigers is known as a streak or an ambush.
IUCN conservation statusEndangered
Lifespan10-15 years in the wild
WeightBengal Tiger– (180-260) kg for male/(100-160) kg for female
Siberian Tiger– (180-300) kg for male/(100-170) kg for female
Sumatran Tiger- (100-140) kg for male/(75-110) kg for female
Scientific namePanthera tigris

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