Tigers are fascinating creatures and because they are endangered, it is important to understand how and where they live.
- They are the largest members of the cat family and are renowned for their power and strength.
- Tigers are solitary animals and aggressively scent-mark large territories to keep rivals away.
- They are nocturnal hunters and prey upon buffalo, deer, wild pigs, and other large mammals. They have no natural predators except for other large tigers.
- Their major role in the environment is that they keep prey populations in check.
- Female tigers give birth to litters of two to six cubs, which they raise with little or no help from the male.
- Cubs can't hunt until they are about 18 months old, and remain with their mothers for two to three years.
- Their lifespan in the wild is eight to 10 years. In captivity, it is 20 years on average.
Special thanks to Dave Salmoni from Animal Planet for sharing his animal knowledge with us.