10 terrific tiger facts!
Check out these seriously-fierce feline facts!
Here at National Geographic Kids, we love fur-ocious felines!
So get ready to roar with our TEN tiger facts…
1) Tigers are the largest wild cats in the world.
Adults can weigh up to 363kg (that’s about the same as ten ten year olds!) and measure up to 3.3m!
2) Tigers are carnivores, eating only meat.
They mainly feed on large mammals such as deer, wild pigs, antelope and buffalo.
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3) Tigers are solitary hunters, and generally search for food alone at night.
They quietly stalk their prey until they are close enough to pounce – then they kill their victim with a bite to the neck or back of the head. Ouch!
4) Tigers are good swimmers!
Unlike most members of the cat family, they like water and often cool off in pools or streams.
5) A tiger’s roar can be heard as far as three kilometres away.
SO when they want to be heard, you’ll know about it, gang!
6) At full speed, tigers can reach up to 65km/h.
That’s right – they may be big and heavy, but tigers are by no means slow movers!
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7) These fierce felines have walked the earth for a long time.
Fossil remains of tigers found in parts of China are believed to be 2 million years old. Yikes!
8) No two tigers have the same stripes.
Since every tiger has their own pattern on their fur, they are all unique!
9) Today, there are five subspecies of tiger.
These subspecies are the Bengal tiger, South China tiger, Indochinese tiger, Sumatran tiger and Amur tiger (also known as Siberian tiger). Sadly, three subspecies of tiger have become extinct – the Caspian, Bali and Javan.
10) Less than 100 years ago, tigers could be found throughout Asia.
Sadly, hunting and habitat loss have put populations at risk, and today their range has been reduced to around 7% of its former size. That’s why we need to do all we can to protect these beautiful beasts!
Discover more roar-some big cats! Visit our lion facts, leopard facts, cheetah facts, jaguar facts or lynx facts articles to find out about these cool creatures.
I didn't know about this about tigers really helpful for schools
you have soo much interesting facts I want to know all of them! I want to be a zoologist when I grow up. Love big cats they are so majestic!!! I have my own burmese cat called maui my family named him that after we came from maui a island in Hawie
great facts can't wait for more
its always so interesting!I could read things about tigers, lions, cheetahs and panthers on National Geographic all day!
These facts make me really want to save tigers from hunters . So I want to find a tiger and keep it like it was my own pet. My favourite animal use to be a snake but now it is a tiger. Now I want to learn more facts about tigers in national geographic I can't wait to find more facts about tigers. I love tigers especially baby cub tigers because they are so cute love from Henry
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tigers are very cool
That was really interesting I love learning about big cats they are sooo fascinating animals. I love animals soo much I want to become a Zoologist when I grow - up ! (: THANK YOU NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC FOR THIS AMAZING INFORMATION :)
cool facts it would be abit cooler if they added more unique facts thogh
I use the national geograghic website a lot for researching its very informative I learn lots of things from it
I love it
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I loved the facts
WOW THATS COOL
tigers are cool
Lets save the tigers!!!
My fav website of the day! Big Cats are my FAVORITE ANIMALS!
These facts are extremely fascinating ,cute and very adorable.
I LOVE TIGERS!! there so cool! I loved it.
I love tigers!
i love all the facts, it has really helped me with my reasearch.
Cool : )
save tigers <3
lets do this
I love them and they are so cool.
did not know about so many tiger facts
These are cool facts!
Cool so amazing I love it so much
the second best animal
how cool is this roar
What amazing facts!I hope one day I will know lots of facts about tigers.
Wow amazing I love tigers and this site
really good facts!! Even I didn't know some facts
We need to take action
so cool man I can't wait.
Awesome, I can't wait to see more
I love these facts when I'm in school i always go to this website and find some good facts.
i love this
I loved it!