Tigers (Panthera tigris), are the largest of all the big cats found in Asia. They live in tropical rainforests, evergreen forests, temperate forests, mangrove swamps, grasslands, and savannas. Tigers rely mainly on sight and sound rather than smell for hunting. Typically, they hunt alone and stalk their prey. Did you know that a tiger can consume more than 80 pounds of meat at one time? Tigers are solitary creatures and can live up to 20 years in the wild.
Currently, they are an endangered species as there are only 3,900 tigers left in the world. They face never-ending dangers, such as poaching, retaliatory killings, and habitat loss. Because of this, they have no choice but to compete for space with dense and often growing human populations. It is already hard enough as it is, since the mortality rate of cubs is very high; about half of all cubs do not survive more than two years.
Tigers are apex predators and are the largest carnivores in their ecosystem, so it is crucial that we protect these mesmerizingly beautiful felines from extinction in order to keep the ecosystem in balance.