Famous tigers include Champawat, a tigress from India that reportedly killed 437 people, and Mohan, the first white tiger ever found in nature. Sita, a tigress who has graced the cover of several National Geographic magazines, may be the most photographed tiger ever.Know More
Famous fictional tigers include Tigger, Tony the Tiger, Shere Khan and Tigress from the movie "Kung Fu Panda." Tigger was a creation of A.A. Milne, the author of "Winnie-The-Pooh," while Tony the Tiger is the mascot for Kellogg's Frosted Flakes cereal. Shere Khan, the evil tiger in "The Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling, was the nemesis of Mowgli, the child hero of the story.
Tigers are the largest of the cat species and can reach weights of more than 800 pounds. Once found across Asia into Turkey and Russia, today they are only found in South and Southeast Asia, eastern Russian and China. Worldwide, it is estimated that only 3,000 to 4,500 tigers still exist in the wild
Mostly nocturnal, tigers kill by throwing their weight against their prey, knocking it to the ground and finishing it off with a bite to the neck. They are good swimmers and have been know to kill prey while in the water.Learn more about Large Cats
While there are many species of tigers, the average adult tiger is 3 to 3.5 feet tall at the shoulders. Tigers' body length ranges from 4.6 to 9.2 feet.Full Answer >
Although many of the big cats, including cheetahs, leopards and lions, have a tendency to avoid the water because they do most of their hunting on land, tigers are prolific swimmers and often use the water to patrol their territories. Tigers usually live in tropical jungle environments, and being able to swim across a river is par for the course.Full Answer >
A tiger's tail is about 3 feet in length and is used for balance when it runs through sharp turns. A tiger's tail is also used as an aid to communicate with other tigers.Full Answer >
The primary reason that tigers are listed as an endangered species is because their habitats are being eradicated at a rapid rate. However, poaching and the illegal wildlife trade are important factors in their population decline as well. According to the World Wildlife Fund, the number of tigers in captivity in the United States outnumbers the total number of wild tigers in the world.Full Answer >