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. 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!