The tiger is the largest member of the field (cat) family. They sport long, thick reddish coats with white belliesand white and blck tails. Their heads, bodies, tails, and limbs have narrow black, brown, or gray stipes.
Tigers mainly eat ambar deer, wild pigs, water buffalo, and antelope. Tigers are also known to hunt sloth,bears, dogs, lepards, crocodiles, pythons, monkeys, and hares. Old and injured tigers have been known to attack humans and domestic cattle.
In the early 1900s, there were around 100,000 tigers throughout their range. Today there is an estimate total of tigers in the world right now. There are around 3,000-4,500 tigers that exist in the world.
The historic tiger range ran from Turkey through South and Southeast Asia to far eastren shores of the continent. Today, tigers are only found in South and Southeast Asia, China, and the Russian Far East.
Tigers occupy a variety habbitats from tropical forests,evergreen forests, woodlands, and mangrove swamps to grasslands, savannah, and rocky country. Tigers are mostly nocturnal ( more active at night) and are ambush predators that rely on the camoulflage that their stips provide. Tigers use their body weight to knock prey to the gorund and kill them from a bite to the neck. Tigers are also good swimmers and have been known to kill prey as they are swimming.
Mating season:In tropical climates, mostly from around November to April; during the winter months in temperature regions. Gestation: 103 days Litter size: 3-4 cubs Cubs follow their mother out from the den around 8 weeks and become very independent around 18 months of age. They leave their mother when they are around 2-3 years old. The mothers guard her cubs from wandering males that may kill the cubs and make the female receptive to mating.