10 tiger facts!
Check out these ten seriously fierce facts!
Here at National Geographic Kids, we love fur-ocious felines! So get ready to roar with these TEN tiger facts – they’re fierce!
- 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.
- 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) Unlike most members of the cat family, tigers like water. They are good swimmers and often cool off in pools or streams.
- 5) When a tiger wants to be heard, you’ll know about it, gang – because their roar can be heard as far as three kilometres away.
- 6) They may be big and heavy, but tigers are by no means slow movers. In fact, at full speed they can reach up to 65km/h!
- 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) Every tiger in the world is unique – no two tigers have the same pattern of stripes.
- 9) Today, there are five subspecies of tiger: Bengal, South China, Indochinese, Sumatran and Siberian. Sadly, three subspecies of tiger have become extinct – 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!
Did you know that we have a FREE downloadable tiger primary resource? Great for teachers, homeschoolers and parents alike!
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You can check out some roarsome animal artworks – including one of a majestic tiger – at Tate Kids – you might even pick up some animal facts, too!