About The Tiger
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). Their most recognizable feature is a pattern of dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur with lighter underparts. They have exceptionally stout teeth, and their canines are the longest among living felids with a crown height of as much as 74.5 mm (2.93 in) or even 90 mm (3.5 in). Tigers once ranged widely across Asia, from Turkey in the west to the eastern coast of Russia. Over the past 100 years, they have lost 93% of their historic range, and have been extirpated from southwest and central Asia, from the islands of Java and Bali, and from large areas of Southeast and Eastern Asia. Today, they range from the Siberian taiga to open grasslands and tropical mangrove swamps. The remaining six tiger subspecies have been classified as endangered by IUCN. The global population in the wild is estimated to number between 3,062 to 3,948 individuals, 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. The extent of area occupied by tigers is estimated at less than 1,184,911 km2 (457,497 sq mi), a 41% decline from the area estimated in the mid-1990s. Tigers 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. In zoos, tigers have lived for 20 to 26 years, which also seems to be their longevity in the wild. Tigers 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.
Trips Where Observed
Around The World in 66 Days
Sites Where Observed
The driver saw the tiger, and positioned us where he thought it would come out of the woods. Minutes later, the tiger emerged from the underbrush and walked directly in front of the open topped truck while I took several photos. The forest was alive with alarm calls that followed the tiger as he walked.
A tiger was spotted from the Dhikala compound while Barbara and I and these two English people we met were on a morning safari. It was still only 150 meters away when we arrived, but it was hiding in cover. Eventually, it stopped moving and took a nap. I watched it for several hours during the day hoping to keep it in sight for the elephant safari later that afternoon. I finally gave up the watch to go to the shower at which point the tiger got up and left. On the elephant safari, however, we got a couple of good looks at the tiger as it ran away from the elephants. They say that the tigers are not usually afraid of the elephant, so not sure what to make of this.