Tiger 2
Body:1.9 – 3.7 m (length)
Tail:up to 1 m
Weight:91 ­ 423 kg


Phanthera tigris

The tiger is the heaviest of all the cats in the world. Male tigers are bigger than females – body size varies between subspecies. Tigers are excellent tree climbers and swimmers being able to even cross rivers that are several kilometers wide. They can have territories of 60 to 100 km2, which explains why habitat loss is such a threat for tigers. A tiger can live up to 26 years in captivity. In the wild they normally live about 8 to 10 years. Tigers used to roam the planet from the Caspian Sea to Siberia, now they are restricted to isolated spots in Southeast Asia and Siberia. Some 40 years ago there were still two more subspecies of tigers around that are extinct today. Tigers are classified on the IUCN Red list as ‘endangered’ and are included in Appendix I of CITES.

Did you know...?

… that unlike other cats tigers actually like the water and can swim more than 6km?