Endangered species

Tigers 🐯

The Facts 🐯

Height: 3/3 ½ feet (.9 - 1.1m) at shoulders.
Length: Head and body length 4.6 - 9.2 (1.4 - 2.8m) feet (tail length 2-3 feet (.6 - .9m).
Weight: The Siberian tiger is the largest subspecies and males weigh from around 400-675 lbs (181-306 kg), while the Sumatran tiger, the smallest living subspecies, weighs in from around 220-310 lbs (100-136 kg). Females of all tiger subspecies are smaller than males.
Lifespan 10-15 years

Population

Bengal tiger: Less than 2,000

Indochinese tiger: 750-1,300

Siberian tiger: Around 450

Sumatran tiger: 400-500

Malayan tiger: 600-800

South Chinese tiger: Extinct in the wild

Caspian tiger: Extinct

Javan tiger: Extinct

Bali tiger: Extinct

Reproduction

Mating Season: In tropical climates, mostly from around November to April; during the winter months in temperate regions.

Gestation: 103 days.

Litter size: 3-4 cubs.

Diet

Tigers mainly eat ambar deer, wild pigs, water buffalo and antelope. Tigers are also known to hunt sloth bears, dogs, leopards, crocodiles and pythons as well as monkeys and hares. Old and injured tigers have been known to attack humans and domestic cattle.

Whats the problem with tigers.

  • climate change continues to warm the planet, tigers are feeling the heat. As we see ocean levels rise, tigers are losing habitat due to coastal erosion in areas like India's Sundarban islands
  • These factors are forcing the tigers to move northward towards areas more heavily populated by humans and increasing the likelihood of animal/human conflicts.
  • They are illegally killed or poached because their pelts are valuable in the black market trade
  • There is also large scale habitat loss due to human population growth and expansion. Human invasion into tiger habitat also decreases prey animals.

What if they go extinct ?💀👀

  • The tiger is at the top of the food chain in all the ecosystems it lives in. It keeps populations of deer; wild boar, sambar and gaur in check. Without the tiger to control them these prey species would grow.
  • Theses population would then totally wipe out its food source vegetation. If the vegetation in the jungles was eaten, smaller animals and insects would not survive there. If the insects moved to the crops in farmlands food sources could be lost, impacting on human populations.
  • Many of the species which could be affected by the disappearance of tigers are also endangered and already fighting for their own survival.
Video infographic: Endangered tigers

Video Summary

  • This video talks about the senseless killing of tigers
  • that tigers are important to the world
  • humans needs to start protecting tigers because they are close to extinction
  • that humans needs to stop invading their habits