Endangered Animals

TIGER

CLASSIFICATION

The tiger comes from the cat family, and it is the biggest species of cat. The tiger is a mammal.

APPEARANCE

The tiger has white, black and orange fur so it can camouflage. The tiger has sharp claws to attack its prey, and sharp teeth so it can eat it.

HABITAT

Most Tigers live in Asia, specifically throughout Southeast Asia, China, Korea and Russia. Tigers like to live in swamps, grasslands and rain forests. They like to live where there are trees and bushes so they can have shade from the sun, and hide from their prey.

REPRODUCTION

Tigers can have babies anytime of the year but usually between November and April. The female tiger will be pregnant for 16 weeks, which is about 5 months. They usually have 2 or 3 cubs. The cubs are completely blind when they are born. The cubs stay with their mother until they are about 2 years old.


DIET

Tigers are carnivores which means that they eat meat. Tigers catch and eat big animals like cows, buffalos, baby elephants, deer and bears.


MOVEMENT

Tigers are the heaviest of the big cats. They can run very fast for short distances, so they are good at creeping up close to their prey before they run to catch it. Tigers have large padded feet that enable them to walk silently.


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OTHER INTERESTING FACTS

Tigers are very good swimmers.


There are 5 kinds of tigers that are still alive. There were 9 tiger species but 3 are extinct. They extinct ones are the Bali, Javan and Caspian.


A tiger can eat 100 pounds of meat a night! That's about 400 hamburgers.


Most tigers have over 100 stripes.


A female tiger is called a tigress.


The main reasons tigers are endangered are illegal hunting for their skin, meat and body parts (used in medicines) as well as habitat loss that results from logging and other forms of forest destruction.