Endangered Species

Bengal Tiger

Identification

The Bengal Tiger is primarily found in India and China. There are fewer than 2,500 left in the wild. They weigh anywhere from 550 pounds to 750 pounds depending on gender, (males typically weigh more than females.) They are about 10 feet long.
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Locations & Habitat

Dry and wet deciduous forests, grassland and temperate forests, mangrove forests. Found mostly in India and China.

Role In Ecosystem & Classification

This tiger subspecies is at the top of the food chain in the wild. Bengal tigers are carnivores, meaning they eat meat. They hunt chital, wild boar, monkey, guar and buffalo. After killing their prey they always start feeding from the hindquarters first. Bengal Tigers are voracious eaters and eat 65 pounds of meat each night or a yearly equivalent of 30 buffaloes. They are extremely strong and can bring down and drag prey twice their size. Along with lions, tigers are one of the only cats to eat rotting meat as well as live prey.