The tiger is the largest of the big cats reaching 4 metres in length and weighing in at around 300 kilograms. Tigers have an unmistakable and unique black striped pattern over orange fur which helps them to stay camouflaged as they lay in wait for their prey. No two tigers will have the same stripes, similar to the fingerprints of a human.
Generally they are solitary except during mating season and when the female has cubs with her. Renowned for their strength and power, they hunt alone taking medium to larger prey, travelling long distances to catch buffalo and wild pigs, as well as other large mammals. They are one of the few cats that are very comfortable in water often swimming or lounging in the shallows to cool off.
Bengal tigers are the most common subspecies of tiger and live in India, becoming a huge part of their tradition and lore over time. Females with give birth to litters of between two and six cubs at a time and proceed to look after them for about 2 or three years when they leave to find their own territory.
Spread across the Asian continent tigers can be found in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia (Sumatra), Russia, Tibet, Malaysia and North Korea . Habitat ranges from humid jungles of Sumatra to the foothills of the Himalayas.Bengal tigers are found only in India.
Level of Protection
Tigers are endangered to critically endangered with 4000 – 6000 animals left in the wild with 3 subspecies already extinct. (Balinese, Javan, Caspian tiger).
Best Time to Visit
November to June before the monsoons when many of the national parks close in India.
Natural World Safaris can arrange a tiger safari in India, heading to the best national parks to see these amazing creatures in their natural habitat.
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