The Indian Tiger

By:Brendan Flaherty

Indian Tiger

The tiger is one of the largest predators in the world. This species fascinates everyone meets. The body length of the male ranges from 275-290 cm and of the female around 260 cm. The size and color vary according to the location and climate the tiger lives in. Tigers are solitary and territorial and the territory of an adult male may encompass territories of two to seven females. It is carnivorous and hunts for prey primarily by sight and sound. The animals are very spread out in the jungle so the tiger will eat any kind of living food it can find.

An Endangered Species of India

The Indian tigers are endangered. The population of them is slightly over 1700. The main place all tigers are found is actually in India. Humans have been killing these tigers to protect there live stock but these people haven't realized that this tiger species became endangered over time. On the bright side the tigers are now protected by wild life groups and protected in there habitats. There were eight tiger subspecies at one time, but three became extinct during the 20th century. over the last 100 years, hunting and forest destruction have reduced tiger populations from hundreds of thousands of animals to perhaps fewer than 2000. Tigers are hunted as trophies and also body parts are used in traditional Chinese medicine. all five remaining Tiger subspecies are endangered, and many protection programs are helping to defend the tigers. These wild life programs have helped to start increasing the Indian Tiger population slowly.

Tiger population from 1900(red) to 1990(green)

Tiger Diet

A tiger's favorite prey is deer and wild boar. Deer species may include sambar, chital, sika deer, swamp deer, and hog deer, among others. Depending on the habitat, tigers may also eat antelope, buffalo, guar, domestic livestock, peafowl, monkeys, civets, porcupines, fish, frogs, crabs, large monitor lizards, pythons, and young elephants or rhinos. Grass, fruits, and berries are also eaten.Prey living in dense, forested areas (where tigers are found) tend to be more scattered. Because of this, tigers will attack almost any animal that the tiger sees. Tigers kill animals of all ages and physical conditions.

Did You Know?

The roar of a tiger can be heard from a mile away.


Tigers can eat up to 100 pounds of meat a day.



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