Tiger licking its paw in the forest of India

The tiger (Panthera tigris) is the largest cat species, reaching a total body length of up to 3.3 metres (11 ft) and weighing up to 306 kg (670 lb). It is the third largest carnivore on land. Its most recognizable feature is a pattern of dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur with lighter underside. And has exceptionally stout teeth, strong canine teethes. They are territorial and generally solitary but social animals, often requiring large contiguous areas of habitat that support their prey requirements. This coupled with the fact that they are indigenous to some of the more densely populated places on Earth, has caused significant conflicts with humans. The global population in the wild is estimated to number between 3062 to 3948 individuals, down from around 100000 at the start of the 20th century, with most remaining populations occurring in small pockets that are isolated from each other. Major reasons for population decline include habitat destruction, habitat fragmentation and poaching. Tigers are among the most recognisable and popular of the world's charismatic megafauna. They have featured prominently in ancient mythology and folklore, and continue to be depicted in modern films and literature. Tigers appear on many flags, coats of arms, and as mascots for sporting teams. The Bengal tiger is the national animal of Bangladesh and India. There are nine subspecies of tiger, three of which are extinct. Their historical range in Bangladesh, Siberia, Iran ...

 

 



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