50 Fun Facts about Tigers

  • Grr…

    Tigers. You love them. You respect them. You Fear them. Now it’s time you get to know them… Without further ado, here are fifty fun facts about tigers.

  • Roar!

    • Tigers can reach up to 11ft (3.3m) in length
    • They are the heaviest cats in the wild, weighing up to 660lbs (300kg)
    • A tigers canines (sharp teeth) can reach up to 4 inches long
    • Tigers have a lifespan of 10-15 yrs in the wild and up to 20 yrs in captivity
    • A very adaptable predator, the tiger is native to various habitats, from the Siberian forests to open grasslands and even tropical swamps
    • The tiger is a solitary hunter
  • Aww…

    • Three of the nine subspecies of the modern tiger are now extinct
    • The remaining six are all classified as endangered species
    • The name ‘tiger’ is taken from the Greek word tigris, a derivative of the Persian word for arrow, referring to the animals great speed
    • Though tigers rarely form groups, when they do the proper name is a ‘streak’ of tigers
    • The current range of the tiger is only 7% of what it used to be
    • Of all the big cats, only the tiger and jaguar are strong swimmers
    • They can swim up to 4 miles, and have been observed dragging their prey across lakes
  • Hello.

    • Compared to lions, tigers tend to prefer areas of denser vegetation, better suiting their camouflage and solo hunting style
    • The oldest known tiger like cat is the Panthera palaeosinesis which lived about 2 million years ago
    • The oldest fossils of true tigers are dated at about 1.6-1.8 million years old
  • Thirsty?

    • Most tigers have over 100 stripes
    • Like a human’s fingerprints, the patterns on tigers are unique to each animal and can be used to identify individuals
    • The striped pattern is also found on the skin of a tiger, thus if one were to be shaved it’s unique camouflage pattern would remain
    • Like other big cats, tigers have a white spot on the back of their ears called an ocelli
    • A female tiger is called a tigress
  • Not cool…

    • Tigresses are smaller than their male counterparts
    • White tigers have blue eyes (others have yellow)
    • All tigers have round pupils
    • A tiger’s nightvision is 6 times stronger than those of a human
    • The South China Tiger is one of the top ten most endangered creatures in the world with not a single one being sighted between 1983 and 2007
    • With only 56 known South China Tigers in captivity (all derived from only a group of six original tigers) the genetic diversity required to maintain the subspecies may no longer exist, making it doomed to extinction
    • The three extinct subspecies of tigers were all wiped out in the 20th century
  • NOT albino.

    • A white tiger will only be produced when both parents carry the rare recessive gene
    • The gene for white tigers has been calculated to occur in only one out of every 10,000 births
    • White tigers are not albinos, as they have pigmentation on their dark stripes, blue eyes and pink noses
    • All white tigers are at least part Bengal
  • Strawberry fields forever…

    • The golden tabby or strawberry tiger is the only other verified color variation amongst tigers (also only found in tigers which are at least part Bengal)
    • Golden tabby tigers have much thicker fur and very faint orange stripes
    • Golden tabby tigers can carry the recessive gene for white tigers and when two such tigers are mated can produce a white stripeless cub
  • You’re sitting in my spot.

    • A male tiger’s territory can be five times greater than it’s female counterparts
    • Though tigers tend to avoid one another, both male and female tigers have been observed sharing their kills in the wild
    • Territory disputes between male tigers are often settled by displays of intimidation rather than physical aggression
    • A subordinate tiger will give up territory to a dominant tiger by rolling on to it’s back, displaying it’s belly in a submissive posture
    • A male will sometimes tolerate a subordinate within it’s range so long as it does not live in too close quarters
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