Tigers are the largest wild cats in the world. Every tiger in the world is unique – no two tigers have the same pattern of stripes. Today, there are five subspecies of tiger: Bengal tigers, South China tigers, Indochinese tigers, Sumatran tigers and Siberian tigers.
Tigers are carnivores, eating only meat. They mainly feed on large mammals such as deer, wild pigs, antelope and buffalo.
Tigers are solitary hunters, and generally search for food alone at night.
Adult tigers can weigh up to 360kg and measure up to 3.3 metres!
Unlike most members of the cat family, tigers like water. They are good swimmers and often cool off in pools or streams.
Tigers can run fast. In fact, at full speed they can reach up to 65 km/hour!
Nearly 100,000 tigers were living in the wild in 1990. Sadly, due to hunting and habitat loss, there are only about 3,200 tigers left in the wild on the entire planet now. That’s why we need to do all we can to protect these beautiful beasts!